Hyderabad: Government employees from the Seemandhra region asserted that they would settle for nothing less than undivided Andhra Pradesh at their impressive public meeting Save Andhra Pradesh, organised by the AP Non-Gazetted Officers’ Association at Lal Bahadur Stadium here on Saturday amid heightened tension on account of the Telangana bandh call, sporadic attacks and heavy police restrictions.
APNGOs members vowed to conduct a Million March at the Parade Grounds, Secunderabad, if the decision to bifurcate the state was not reversed, according to APNGOs president P. Ashok Babu. He added that they would hold such meetings in all the 23 districts of the state to voice their concerns.
They stated Hyderabad belonged to everybody and no one had the right to ask them to leave the city and that the general strike by the employees would continue till the Centre reversed its decision.
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Hyderabad witnessed a total and largely peaceful shutdown on Saturday during the bandh called by pro-Telangana parties to protest the APNGOs’ meet.
The bandh was marred by sporadic incidents of stone-pelting. Seemandhra employees claimed that they were attacked while coming to the APNGOs’ meet, and Telangana activists alleged they were beaten up by APNGOs at Nizam College hostel.
There were attacks on buses on the city outskirts at Abdullahpurmet and in Dilsukhnagar, according to APNGOs activists who were leaving the city.
College Campuses on boil
Campuses of Nizam College and Osmania University were volatile on Saturday with pro-Telangana student activists seeking to disrupt the ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’ meet and the police trying to keep them from doing so.
Tension gripped Nizam College when police and students clashed after pro-Telangana students tried to stop the APNGOs members from entering the LB Stadi-um. After that, activist of the APNGOs and pro-Telangana students clashed, while security forces watched.
The students, who took shelter inside the college campus, pelted stones at police and Samaikyandhra supporters. A few students, including three OUJAC leaders, were injured. Meanwhile, despite the prohibitory orders in the city, Samaikyandhra protesters, who were not allowed inside the LB Stadium, took out a rally in front of the stadium.
Nizam College started simmering when police prevented students from heckling Samaikyandhra supporters. When police took two OUJAC leaders, Suman and Krishank, into custody, heavy stone pelting by the students began. Students alleged that cops entered the hostels, beat them up and locked them inside.
Even Osmania University saw its share of tension. Scores of students started a bike rally opposing the ‘Save AP’ meeting and proceeded towards the NCC gate, from where they had planned to go to the stadium. However, they were stopped by the security forces. This led to arguments, and eventually, heavy stone-pelting. This continued for more than half-an-hour and to control the situation, the cops fired around five rounds of tear gas shells to disperse the crowd.
City police commissioner Anurag Sharma said the cops had arrested as many as 366 Telangana agitators as a preventive measure from Basheerbagh, Gunpark, RTC crossroads, Nizam College, and a few other places.
The leaders of CPI (ML-New Democracy) and Telangana United Front were arrested when they staged a protest at the RTC crossroad.
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