Hyderabad under police siege for Seemandhra meet

Hyderabad, Sep 7 (IANS) Hyderabad is under police siege as Seemandhra employees are set to hold 'save Andhra Pradesh' meeting amid tight security later Saturday during a shutdown in Telangana, which brought normal life to halt.

The city is on the edge as hundreds of policemen and personnel from paramilitary forces have been deployed in view of the threats by some Telangana groups to disrupt the meeting being organized by Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) Association to oppose proposed bifurcation of the state.

Accusing the state government of anti-Telangana attitude, Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) has called for 24-hour shutdown, which began Friday midnight. The state-owned Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses went off the roads in Hyderabad and nine other districts of Telangana. Educational institutions, shops and business establishments were closed.

TJAC is protesting the police permission for the APNGOs meeting and denial of the same to it and other groups for peace rallies. Osmania University Joint Action Committee has threatened to disrupt the meet.

Lal Bahadur Stadium in the heart of the city has turned into a fortress with the police sealing off all routes and allowing only government employees from Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and Andhra). Barricades have been erected about two km radius from the stadium.

More than 5,000 policemen and paramilitary forces personnel have been deployed as part of the massive security around the stadium. The police have also imposed traffic restrictions at several points in the core area of the city.

Tension prevailed at Nizam College near the stadium as police arrested dozens of students, reportedly planning a protest against the meeting. Police entered the college premises and removed several students from the hostel. Students pelted stones on police, who retaliated with baton charge.

Tension also prevailed late Friday night at few places in Nalgonda district when pro-Telangana activists allegedly pelted stones on buses bringing Seemandhra employees to Hyderabad.

Police and paramilitary forces were deployed on Vijayawada-Hyderabad and Kurnool-Hyderabad roads to provide security to employees coming to the state capital in buses, cars and other private vehicles. Police set up 16 check posts at the entry points into the city and were checking the vehicles.

Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma said only Seemandhra employees carrying identity cards would be allowed into the stadium. He warned that police would deal firmly with anybody trying to take law into his hands.

Thousands of employees from 13 districts of Rayalaseema are coming to Hyderabad by trains and buses for the meeting, the first show of strength in by those opposing state's division. Seemandhra employees working in government offices in Hyderabad would also attend the meet.

APNGOs expect a turnout of one lakh employees in Seemandhra, where over four lakh employees and two lakh teachers are on indefinite strike to demand the centre to withdraw its decision to carve out separate Telangana state.

APNGOs president P. Ashok Babu said the meeting would be held peacefully despite the provocation by Telangana groups. "Through this meeting we want to tell people why the state should be kept united," he said.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

On-field action set to divert from off-field drama

On-field action set to divert from off-field drama

The Preview — Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

There's a lot going on: Fleming

There's a lot going on: Fleming

He experienced anxious moments in the lead-up to the tournament as the courts decided on whether to suspend the franchise, he said, but stressed that the… More »

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif said Tuesday he turned down the job of national chief selector because he could not work with ex-players tainted… More »

We are not over-confident: Bailey

We are not over-confident: Bailey

Indian Premier League — George Bailey-led Kings XI Punjab will face Chennai Super Kings on Friday. More »

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

MoU between BCCI & its units to avoid double taxation delayed after a few decline to share details. More »

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Their main concern, once again, is the fast bowling More »

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

He was aggrieved by the allegations against him during the hearing. More »

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

New Zealand selectors included two new caps in a 15-man Test squad named Tuesday to tour the West Indies, with injury-hit spinner Dan Vettori's future… More »

India: cricket's Brazil

India: cricket's Brazil

They are tough to beat with a big talent base exposed to good facilities. (CYCSPL) More »

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Franchises are doing their bit to refurbish the image of the tainted league. More »

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Michael Klinger has revealed he felt compelled to leave South Australia after being told he would be only a fringe part of the Redbacks' plans for next season, and disputed the suggestion that he left… More »

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

The revival of Indo-Pak Test ties could take place in UAE. More »

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

'This time around we will hope to go few more steps ahead and actually get that trophy' More »

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Apart from the foreign players a lot of behind-the-scene activity has taken place in selecting the Indian domestic players. More »

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Leading Spanish club Atletico Madrid and former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among the owners of eight franchises of a new Indian… More »

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

Kiwi all-rounder wants to utilise the India leg to explore the country’s tourist attractions. More »

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Says his mother made him change his mind. More »

Supreme Court says no to BCCI’s request

Supreme Court says no to BCCI’s request

Bench refuses to grant access to recordings of Srini and Dhoni’s depositions before Mudgal committee. More »

Pietersen’s ‘little’ secret is out

Pietersen’s ‘little’ secret is out

A fractured little finger could now throw the Delhi Daredevils captain out of action at the start of this season. More »

SMA Trophy gets short-changed

SMA Trophy gets short-changed

Key players are away preparing for the IPL, taking the shine off the other domestic T20 fixture. (CYCSPL) More »