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Total shutdown today in Visakhapatnam

DC | 24th Sep 2013
Students of Andhra University raise slogans as they stage protest against the proposed bifurcation of the state near the registrar office in Visakhapatnam on Monday. -DC
Students of Andhra University raise slogans as they stage protest against the proposed bifurcation of the state near the registrar office in Visakhapatnam on Monday. -DC

Visakhapatnam: Protests for Samaikyandhra continued on Monday too.

While many activists took out rallies and formed human chains demanding the Congress-led UPA to roll back its decision on bifurcation of the state, schools, both private and government remained closed.

The private school managements association has decided to join the stir by closing all educational institutions in the district till the end of this month, as a mark of protest against proposed bifurcation.

The Andhra university staff and students took out a rally carrying a national flag. A few staff members staged a sit-in at the registrar’s office and even cooked food on the road.

Despite city police commissioner B. Shivadhar Reddy warning the protesters not to force closure of schools, some of them went to some institutions and made the authorities close the doors.

On Sunday, Reddy made it clear that police would register cases against Samaikyandhra agitators under the Information Technology Act of IPC if they threatened the managements of schools over e-mails, SMSes or mobile phones to close their educational institutes. He even warned of filing criminal cases.

Samaikyandhra activists, in large numbers, took out a rally and held demonstration at Gajuwaka.

On Tuesday, people, commuters particularly, might face a lot of trouble what with the auto drivers deciding to observe bandh. No auto will ply on the roads. With the RTC buses already off the road, office goers and general public are expected to face a problem.

As a mark of support to the ongoing stir, the Visakha Hotel Merchant’s Association has decided to observe total shutdown on Tuesday. All hotels, restaurants, bakeries, eateries, food joints will be closed on Tuesday. The association members also take out a rally under the banner of ‘Save Andhra Pradesh’.

The Visakha Autonagar Small Scale Industrialists Welfare Association (VASSI) committee held a general body meeting here on Monday and decided to suspend their operations for a day on Tuesday, as part of the total Seemandhra shutdown called by the APNGOs and Samaikyandhra Parirakshnana Samiti. People are likely to face more trouble today.

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