Visakhapatnam: Samaikyandhra supporters forced commercial banks, Central government offices and organisations in the city, to close on Friday as part of intensifying the stir.
Employees JAC has given a call for closure of banks and Central government offices and they staged protests in front of the organisations raising slogans demanding united statehood.
Police personnel obstructed the protesters who were trying to close down offices and banks at some places and there were heated arguments.
Teams of employees started from the collectorate and visited various organisations in the city. Teams visited regional and zonal offices of various banks in the city and asked them to close. They visited Central government offices like post offices, port, customs, MMTC, Dredging Corporation and NMDC requesting their support for the movement. Employees announced that these organisations will remain closed on Saturday too.
APNGOs JAC chairman K. Eswara Rao and T. Gopala Krishna organised the protests. Steel Plant Employees JAC organised protests at Kurmannapalem. The Samaikya Andhra Vidyut Employees JAC is intensifying the stir. They organised a protest in front of the residence of minister for tribal welfare P. Balaraju.
State deputy collectors association vice-president and district revenue officer M. Venkateswara Rao and district president of AP Revenue Services Association, S. Nageswara Reddy said employees would take out a rally from the collectorate to Jagadamba Junction wearing traditional attire like white dhoti and kurtas.
APNGOs state president and JAC chairman P. Ashok Babu will meet union leaders of various public sector undertakings in the city on Saturday to accelerate the ongoing movement in the city.
Employees JACs are planning to involve employees from public sector undertakings and Central government organisations for mounting pressure on the government.
Meanwhile, GVMC employees continued their second day intensive strike on Friday too. Students JAC, non-teaching employees staged protests in Andhra University.