Incidents of violence and arson continued to erupt at various places in the troubled Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh on Monday, the second day of the 48-hour bandh called by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in support of its demand for a separate state.
Pro-statehood students fought pitched battles with the police at Manikeshwarnagar near Osmania University campus here. About 1,000 students, raising slogans in support of a separate Telangana state, hurled stones at the police on being prevented from proceeding to the university campus.
The police, deployed in large numbers, used force to disperse the agitators, official sources said. There was no official word on anybody receiving serious injuries in the clash.
TRS MLAs Harish Rao and E Rajender and BJP leader in the state assembly G Kishan Reddy were taken into custody when they arrived at the university campus where more than 500 students launched a relay fast, they said.
The pro-Telangana activists set ablaze two private school buses in busy Musheerabad area after ordering the students to disembark. In Adilabad, TRS activists vandalised the office of Sirpur paper mills at Kagaznagar by smashing windowpanes and damaging furniture.
Referring to AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's statement during election meetings in Jharkhand that the Centre would open its coffer for the development of the state if Congress was voted to power, he said it was a 'very dangerous trend'.