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Bandh against Polavaram Bill in Telangana passes peacefully

Saturday, 12 July 2014 - 7:23pm IST | Place: Hyderabad | Agency: PTI

A day-long Telangana bandh called today in protest against the passage in Lok Sabha of a Bill to transfer some mandals of the newly-created state to Andhra Pradesh to aid the construction of the Polavaram project, went off peacefully, police said today.

Normal life in most parts of the state was affected by the bandh called by the Left parties and the Telangana Joint Action Committee (which spearheaded the separate statehood movement), supported by TRS and Congress parties.

"We have not received any reports of untoward incidents.

Nobody was arrested or taken into custody," Inspector General (North Zone), Ravi Gupta said.

Most educational institutions in capital Hyderabad and other important cities of the state remained closed.

T-JAC representatives and political party workers burnt an effigy of the Central Government at RTC Cross roads in the city.

T-JAC chairman Prof Kodandaram said Centre was trying to suppress the rights of tribal people by passing the Bill.

Reports indicated that Khammam district, where the seven mandals are located, observed complete bandh with representatives of all parties coming on to the roads in the morning to enforce the bandh.

A South Central Railway spokesperson said there was no disturbance to rail services in the region, including the Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) in Hyderabad.

A spokesperson of State Road Transport Corporation said the total bus services in the state was affected by 20 per cent.

Bandh was total in Waranagal with the closure of petrol bunks, banks and other establishments.

Dharnas, rasta roko and protest rallies were held in different parts of the state demanding the Centre Government to revise its decision.
Bandh was peaceful in Karimnagar district said, V Shivakumar, SP of the district. 

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