October 15th, 2011
Email this page

Telengana ‘Rail Roko’ starts;124 trains cancelled

Telengana agitation: Rail blockadeHyderabad: The persistent demand for a separate state continues in the already crippled Telangana region with Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) now initiating a three-day ‘rail blockade’ in the region. The JAC who postponed their rail blockade twice finally managed to bring it into action.

Congress MPs too have participated in the ‘rail roko’ in support of the separate statehood demand, despite appeals from the party not to do so. Congress MLA and former minister Jupally Krishna Rao submitted his resignation from the post in support of the Telangana demand.

Congress Lok Sabha member G Vivek has demanded that the state government postpone the Group-II examination for recruitment of various posts in the state government and stop the arrests of Telangana agitators.

Telangana leader KTR Rao, son of K Chandrashekhar Rao and his sister Kavitha have been taken into preventive custody by the police. State DGP declared that he would not refrain from taking stern actions against those who “crossed the limits” during the rail blockade. He warned protesters that they would be booked under the Railway Act of 1989, under which all offences are non-bailable.

“It is fine if they register their protest for a couple of hours by stopping trains but prolonging it for more than a day or resorting to damaging railway property will be dealt with very strictly,’’ he said. Telangana leaders criticised him for trying to instill fear among the people.

The Railways have already cancelled 124 trains in Andhra Pradesh’s Telangana region from October 15 to 17. Among the cancelled trains are 48 express and 76 passenger trains. Railway officials said as many as 38 express and 16 passenger trains would also be partially cancelled during the three days.The South Central Railway is diverting 68 express trains.

KTR said that the rail blockade has been successful as most trains were cancelled. He added, “People of Telangana region will not remain silent anymore.”


Press ctrl+g to toggle between English and Malayalam.