Sunday, May 07, 2006

Naxal bandh evokes poor response

Sunday May 7 2006 11:50 IST

ONGOLE: The CPI (Maoist)-sponsored statewide bandh in protest against the recent encounter at Sundupalli in Kadapa district evoked little response in Khammam and Ongole districts.

No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in Khammam district. However, as a precautionary measure, the APSRTC authorities had cancelled 12 bus services in Kothagudem, Khammam, Bhadrachalam and Sattupalli depots and diverted 25 more services to other routes.

The Hyderabad-Jagdalpur and Hyderabad-Byladilla bus services were also cancelled in view of the bandh call. APSRTC incharge regional manager K Srinivas said the cancellation of services was based on the advice of the police.

The bandh had no impact in Manuguru and Yellandu towns.

However, the people of Eeturunagaram, Pinapaka, Markodu, Gundala, Bangaruchelaka, Mylaram and Ulkanuru were put to hardships due to the cancellation of RTC bus services.

Meanwhile, combing operations were being carried out in Kothagudem, Manuguru and Yellandu sub-divisions for the past two days.The bandh did manage to have nominal impact on Prakasam district.

However, in the Naxal stronghold of Nallamala region, banks were closed down and the RTC services were cancelled as a precautionary measure.

Superintendent of police N Balasubramaniam deployed additional forces to monitor the situation in problem areas.

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