Monday, January 30, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Mixed response to AP bandh over statue desecration

Mixed response to AP bandh over statue desecration
Last Updated: Monday, January 30, 2012, 22:14

Hyderabad: The state-wide bandh called by Dalit groups to protest the
desecration of BR Ambedkar statues in Andhra Pradesh on Monday evoked
a mixed response.

Barring a few incidents of violence, the shutdown was by and large
peaceful. Unidentified persons set on fire a private bus at
Chilakalguda here this morning.

Police had stepped up security at all vulnerable places, especially in
Telangana. The Osmania University Students Joint Action Committee
supported the bandh.

Most of the educational institutions in the state capital remained
closed, while for majority of the commercial establishments it was
business as usual.

Of the 3,700 buses belonging to Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport
Corporation in the city, as many as 3,300 were plying, according to
the state-run corporation.

South Central Railway operated all train services in the state.

Gandham Pallam Raju, main accused in the desecration of statues of
Ambedkar in East Godavari, surrendered yesterday, while police have
arrested three others in connection with the incidents reported last

According to reports reaching here, the bandh in other parts of the
State was partial and peaceful.

In Visakhapatnam, AP's second largest city after the state capital,
schools, colleges, shops and business establishments and Government
offices functioned as usual.

In Guntur, educational institutions, shops, hotels, banks and a few
government offices remained shut. Small groups of Dalit youth were
seen going around the city enforcing bandh.


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