Two-day Telangana shutdown begins

February 22nd, 2011 - 1:01 pm ICT by ANI  

Telangana Hyderabad, Feb 22 (ANI): The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC) has called for a two-day Telangana shutdown starting today to demand introduction of a bill in Parliament for the creation of a separate state out of Andhra Pradesh.

The JAC, comprising the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other pro-Telangana groups, has called for the strike.

Telangana leaders of the ruling Congress party and the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are also backing the shutdown. The two-day strike comes even as the non-cooperation movement by government employees in the region continued for the fifth day on Monday. Over 300,000 employees in government offices and state-owned units are participating in the movement.

A K Khan, Commissioner of Police of Hyderabad has said that the city police are on high alert so that people can go out safely to work.

“Whatever information we have regarding the shutdown we have made arrangements that normal life should not be disrupted. People can move wherever they prefer to and violence should not take place,” said Khan.

Khan further said that the region has been put on high alert for which additional police forces have been deployed.

” All the officers ranking from Commissioner to constable are on duty. Central Para military forces and additional officers have been brought from outside,” added Khan.

Several protests and shutdowns had brought Andhra Pradesh to a near halt last year as pro-Telangana activists pressed their demand for the separate state.

Earlier, the central government appointed a judicial commission headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Srikrishna in March last year to look into issue of the separate statehood after series of huge demonstrations and suicides.

The report, submitted to Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram in December last year has suggested at least six options including maintaining status quo in the state or bifurcating the state. (ANI)

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