APNGOs strike is total
The indefinite strike launched by the APNGOs opposing bifurcation of the state was total in 13 districts of the Seemandhra region. But it was partial in the state capital with TNGos attending to work. The APNGO leaders said that some 9000 Seemandhra employees working in as many as 110 directorates in the city joined the strike. They staged protest demonstrations at their work places.
- 4.5 lakh employees join strike
- APSRTC buses off the roads
- Thousands of pilgrims stranded at Tirumala
Hyderabad: The indefinite strike launched by the APNGOs opposing bifurcation of the state was total in 13 districts of the Seemandhra region. But it was partial in the state capital with TNGos attending to work. The APNGO leaders said that some 9000 Seemandhra employees working in as many as 110 directorates in the city joined the strike. They staged protest demonstrations at their work places.
Both the APNGOs and the TNGOs (who opposed the strike) staged demonstrations simultaneously at the Directorate of Medical Education. Leaders of Telangana employees JAC who sought to intervene were arrested. Work in the state Secretariat was affected as a majority of the employees joined the stir.
Seemandhra region witnessed virtual shutdown with over 4.5 lakh employees of the government departments striking work on Tuesday. Even the APSRTC employees joined the strike from midnight thus leaving a fleet of over 11000 buses of the corporation off the roads. Thousands of pilgrims were left stranded in Tirumala as the RTC was forced to suspend its operations to the hill shrine. Devotees bound for Tirumala reached the Alipiri toll gate trekking long distances. Operators of rivate taxies had a hay-day by charging exorbitantly for ferrying the devotees to Tirumala. There was a marked decline in tourist rush to the temple town of Tirupati. The TTD also failed to make alternative arrangements.
So is the case with the bus services operated by the corporation between Visakhapatnam and Simhachalam, another important pilgrim centre in coastal Andhra. Adding to the travails of the people who relied on private transport, the petrol bunks also observed bandh throughout the region. All the major cities and towns in Seemandhra including Visakhapatam and Vijayawada witnessed heavy deployments of armed forces including CRPF, CISF and RAF.
Different joint action committees took their protests to the national highway and all the major thoroughfares disrupting the movement of heavy vehicles. Thousands of lorries that entered the state from Odisha were stranded near Ichapuram in Srikakulam district. Similarly heavy vehicles coming from Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu were stopped by the protesters at Tada in Nellore district. Schools, colleges and business establishments were observing bandh for the 14th day in the region.