September 24th, 2011
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Telengana: 48-hour train blockade begins

Telangana strikeHyderabad: Telangana supporters have begun their 48-hour blockade of trains in the region as part of the ongoing general strike in support of separate statehood demand.

TRS and the Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC), which is organising the sakala janula samme (strike by all sections of people) since September 13, have made elaborate arrangements to make the agitation a grand success, TRS said in a release.

A number of trains have been cancelled, diverted or regulated in view of the 48-hour ‘rail roko’. Many South-bound trains move via Telangana region to reach their destinations. As part of the general strike, the Telangana supporters held rallies, fasts and other forms of protest across the region on Friday.

Schools, colleges and other educational institutions remained closed and the buses of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) continued to be suspended. The plan of Telugu Desam leaders to hold fasts went amiss as TRS and other Telangana supporters tried to obstruct them. Clashes took place between TDP activists and workers of TRS and others at some places in the process.


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