After 65 days, the peaceful agitation opposing bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh took a violent turn on Friday as agitators of political parties and Samakhyarashtra Parirakshana Samathi attacked central government offices here today.
Railway reservation counters were attacked while computers, server systems, LCD TVs and glass panels broken at Kadapa railway station, after which the railway police arrested three persons.
Jayanti Janata Express, Arrakonam-Kadapa passenger train and a goods train were stopped for 30 minutes to one and half hours respectively at Kodur after Kodur MLA Srinivasulu led more than a thousand agitators, the police said. SV Junior College window panes were broken when agitators threw stones at Kodur, while stones were pelted at private buses, damaging their window panes at Proddatur and Kadapa towns. Agitators attacked and damaged Indira Bhavan, Congress party's Kadapa district office, while Congress workers burnt party flags and closed their office at Pulivendula.
Meanwhile, a police intelligence officer told PTI that violence is likely to increase in the coming days, adding that additional forces would be deployed.