Anantapur: Normal life came to standstill on the 22nd consecutive day in the region as the agitation against the decision to bifurcate the state was intensifying day by day and paralysing many services including government, private, transport and business establishments.
As part of indefinite strike, the members of APNGO’s association blocked the National Highway at the borders and state demanding the Centre to reverse its decision of carving out separate Telangana state, on Tuesday.
The highway road at Kodikonda checkpost in Chilamathur mandal of Anantapur district located on Karnataka borders was witnessed a series of agitations and the activists closed the Bengaluru-Hyderabad road. Similarly, agitators of Samaikyandhra led by NGO association had disrupted traffic betw-een Raichur-Kurnool, Guntakal-Bellary, Kurnool-Guntur and Kadapa-Chennai roads in the region.
RTC buses were confined to depots on 22nd consecutive day in Anantapur, Kurnool and Kadapa districts. Nearly 980 buses in 13 depots of Anantapur, 960 buses from 11 depots of Kurnool and 900 buses from Kadapa district were suspended after the employees were on indefinite strike.
Trains are only mode of transport available for the people to reach their destinations.Sources said, most of the trains witnessed packed with the passengers. A person died while slipped from the train at Anantapur on Monday.
The agitators of advocate JAC staged a protest at One Town police station here demanding release of JAC leaders Kogatam Vijayabhaskar Reddy and G. Nagaraju, who were arrested two days ago for preventing the security forces during the march fast.
The leaders prevented the deployment of large number of central forces to terrorize the activists though agitation was going peacefully. The advocates demanded unconditional release of JAC leaders.Thousands of students and teachers from all private schools and colleges took out a huge protest rally in Anantapur and Kurnool.
Arts college lecturers demonstrated protest by decorating flowers in the ears at main roads of Anantapur. Protest continued at the SK varsity on 22nd day demanding the Centre to reverse its decision on the Telanga-na issue.
Government medical college and general hospital doctors and staff participated in the protest at Kurnool. The political parties continued relay fasts and dharnas at all mandal headquarters of Anantapur, Kurnool and Kadapa districts.