Telangana bandh leads to huge train delays

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Hyderabad: Hundreds of people in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh forced trains to come to a stop on railway tracks on march 3 morning as part of a massive protest that’s aimed at pressuring the government to grant a separate state of Telangana.

The protestors included workers from different political parties- the TRS, TDP and BJP — along with villagers.

Trains were affected in Nalgonda, Warangal, Maha-bubnagar and Hyderabad. Most trains entering the South pass through Telan-gana. 23 long-distance trains as well as local trains in Hyderabad have been cancelled.

Those organizing the rail roko, led by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), have labeled the bandh Palle Palle Pattala Paiki (villages on railway tracks). The committee has asked workers of all parties and villagers, who live near the railway tracks to sit on the tracks from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The inspiration for the rail roko seems to have come from the Gujjar agitation in Rajasthan, which also saw them laying siege to the rail tracks there.

“If the Central government does not come forward to introduce a bill in the ongoing Budget session, then certainly we would go onto an indefinite mode of rail roko, just like the Gujjars,” TRS leader K.T. Rama Rao said.

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