A series of protests continued in the Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh for the sixth consecutive day today against the Congress and UPA's decision to bifurcate the state for creation of Telangana.
Samaikyandhra supporters and members of various organisations held protests across coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema districts demanding united Andhra Pradesh, though, the situation was under control, police said. Protesters took out huge rallies and held demonstrations in Anantapur. However, the situation is under control and peaceful, DIG (Anantapur range) B Balakrishna said, adding that they have taken some protesters into preventive custody.
The Samaikyandhra supporters, including students, also held road-blockades, dharnas, formed human chains in Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, Kurnool districts, besides in Vijayawada and Tirupati cities. They also resorted to tonsuring their heads, washing clothes and cooking food on the roads at some places. A report from Visakhapatnam said agitation for united Andhra Pradesh continued there with rallies, demonstrations and forming human chains by various organisations and Samaikyandhra joint action committee (JAC) students. RTC employees staged a dharna in front of Maddilapalem bus depot demanding the Centre not to bifurcate the state.
The relay hunger strike of JAC of lawyers of various bar associations, who boycotted courts till August 8, entered second day today. At Polytechnic College, students squatted on the road disrupting the traffic on NH-5 forcing the police to disperse them. Gajuwaka MLA Chintalapudi Venkatramaiah along with activists staged a dharna near Gajuwaka main junction disrupting movement of vehicles between steel plant road and Visakhapatnam. In Anakapalli town, students took out a huge rally.