December 12th, 2009
Bandh in support of unified state was successful amid tensions in Anantapur, Kadapa and Kurnool districts on Friday. In some places, windowpanes of buses and lorries were broken.
In Anantapur district, protesters stalled traffic on all highways, including National Highway No. 7. As thousands of RTC and private buses were stopped, organisations suffered loss to the tune of lakhs of rupees. Protesters torched the jeep of panchayat raj at Gooty. Activists of all parties and organisations took out a huge rally in Anantapur. Rail rokos were organised in Anantapur, Guntakal, Dharmavaram, Chennekothapalli, Penugonda and Hindupur.
Bees stung students, who tried to climb water tank in the Sri Krishnadevaraya University, to commit suicide. Among the six students injured, three were shifted to the Anantapur government hospital. All offices and business establishments were closed.
In Kadapa district, effigies of the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, and the TRS president, Mr K. Chandrasekhar Rao, were set on fire at various places.
Councillors of Badvel and Rajampet municipalities and local body members resigned en masse. Lawyers boycotted courts and took out rallies. Several youth tried to commit suicide by climbing cellphone towers, water tanks and high rising buildings at various places.
The police prevented CK Dinne sarpanch Nagendraprasad Reddy, former Utukur MPTC member Satyanarayana Reddy from torching themselves.
Some persons destroyed Yerraguntla bus stand on Thursday night. Four RTC buses and 10 lorries were destroyed in Kadapa, Rayachoti and Pulivendula. Protesters damaged RTC inquiry office in Pulivendula RTC depot.
The police prevented protesters from damaging RTC buses of Telangana districts in Kadapa RTC garage. Congress Sevadal leader Nityananda Reddy and some others were taken into custody. Lorries of Telangana districts were destroyed at various places. Several trains were stopped. As heavy trees were felled, traffic was hit on Mydukur-Proddutur highway.
In Kurnool district, students broke windowpanes of two buses and two students attempted suicide in Nandyal area. Protesters damaged head post office, railway station and two private banks in Nandyal town.
Protesters also attacked ticket counter in Adoni railway station and MPDO office at Tuggali. Pilgrims were hit as bandh was total at Mantralayam.