The ongoing general strike for Telangana statehood turned violent on the sixth day on Monday as students at Osmania University and Nizam college campuses clashed with the police. Highway blockades caused by the agitators led to an attack on trucks in a couple of places besides sending the entire transport system out of gear in the region.
Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy after an emergency meeting with his ministers and senior officials on Monday constituted two separate task forces — one for energy and the other for the transport sector –as the employees of the departments concerned have also joined the strike. He instructed the officials to make alternative arrangements such as additional power purchases to minimise hardships to people.
Public transport in 10 districts of Telangana, including Hyderabad, was completely affected with over 3,000 staff, including drivers and conductors of the state road transport corporation (APSRTC), joining the strike from yesterday night. The joint action committee (JAC) of Telangana electricity employees associations on Monday announced a day-long protest programme to be undertaken tomorrow. The JAC of electricity employees would also announce its future course of action tomorrow even though it had not served any strike notice so far.
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