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Bandh partial in Telangana

Bandh partial in Telangana
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The bandh called to protest against the rising fuel prices evoked a partial response in Hyderabad and elsewhere in the state The government and...

Hyderabad: The bandh called to protest against the rising fuel prices evoked a partial response in Hyderabad and elsewhere in the state. The government and private schools worked normally, and public transport was not affected.

Those who resorted to panic buying of fuel on Sunday night were in for surprise since all petrol bunks were open since morning. It was business as usual for colleges, shopping malls and banks. Though city buses ran as usual, operation of bus services to destinations outside Hyderabad was affected with Congress leaders not allowing buses from bus stations.

Till 12 noon, there appeared to be some kind of dislocation with few buses being seen on roads but as the day grew normalcy came back with traffic chaos, a hallmark of Hyderabad. In Abids and Jagadish Market area, shop owners voluntarily downed shutters. At Basheerbagh a dharna was conducted under the leadership of Youth congress leader Anil Kumar Yadav. The demonstrators burnt Prime Minister Narendra Modi in effigy at the Basheerbagh cross roads.
At Amberpet youth congress leaders burnt effigy of Modi and the shop owners closed their shops voluntarily. Police arrested the agitating leaders.

At Medchal, Qutbullapur and Jeedimetla areas under the leadership of Congress leader Kuna Srisailam Goud the party workers staged dharnas and stopped buses at the depots. At Uppal, left party leaders staged dharna and stopped the buses at the depots in the morning hours later the buses resumed their services. Shops were open from the morning hours, no bandh effect was found in Uppal premises.

In Yadagirigutta, opposition parties staged protests at the bus depots and stopped operation of the buses. Shops downed shutters voluntarily. There was no dislocation in the functioning of banks anywhere in the city. Due to the bandh, examinations in the Osmania University were postponed to Tuesday. According to the OU Registrar, the pre Ph D exam is scheduled to Tuesday at 2 pm and other exams will be re-scheduled soon.

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