Feb. 22: The entire Telangana region, including Hyderabad, came to a grinding halt on Tuesday; normal life was disrupted and transport paralysed on the first day of the 48-hour bandh call given by the Telangana Joint Action Committee that is demanding that the Telangana Bill be introduced in the ongoing session of Parliament.
The APSRTC was badly hit as it incurred a loss of Rs 6 crore in a single day. “About 6,500 buses have cancelled their services in the Telangana region,” said an RTC official.
Except for hospitals, pharmacies and other emergency services, most commercial and educational institutions closed down voluntarily. Schools had declared a two-day holiday on the eve of the bandh.
The Telangana Rashtra Samiti, BJP and several pro-Telangana organisations took part and enforced the bandh. Rallies were taken out and rasta rokos staged in almost every town and in rural areas of all Telangana districts.
Some women students stopped a passenger train at the Jamai Osmania railway station in Hyderabad for one-and-a half hours until they were arrested.
All MMTS services in Secunderabad-Falaknuma will remain closed till Wednesday afternoon, according to a statement issued on Tuesday. Pro-Telangana activists led by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti Vidyarthi leader from Warangal, Mr E. Nageshwar Rao, stopped the Delhi-bound AP Express at Kazipet station for 15 minutes on Tuesday.