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Telangana fallout: Curfew in Seemandhra, power crisis hits state

Hyderabad, PTI | Updated : 07 October 2013, 06:27 PM

Curfew on Monday remained in force in Vizianagaram town with security forces patrolling troubled areas in the wake of large-scale violence by anti-bifurcation agitators.

Police have so far arrested 34 persons in connection with the violence and more arrests are expected to follow, DIG (Visakhapatnam Range) P Umapathi told .

"The situation is under control and peaceful. It (curfew) is continuing. We will again study the situation and take appropriate action," he said.

The priority as of now is to maintain law and order and protect the public and private properties, the DIG said, adding that curfew will be in force till normalcy is restored in the town.

Central paramilitary and state police personnel are patrolling Kanyakaparameswari temple junction, Kothapeta, Dasannapeta, Gajularega, BC Colony, V K Agraharam and other parts as a precautionary measure to prevent any untoward incident.

Curfew was imposed in the town in the wake of large-scale violence on Saturday night.

Despite the prohibitory orders, united Andhra Pradesh supporters hit the streets and pelted police with stones, forcing security personnel to fire two rounds in the air to quell mobs.

Vizianagaram, a town in coastal Andhra, has been boiling since the Union Cabinet's October 3 decision to carve out a separate state of Telangana out Andhra Pradesh.

Power employees up the ante against AP division

Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions continued to reel under power crisis as electricity employees of the two areas stood on with their strike on Monday against the Union Cabinet's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.

The employees of the state power generation, transmission and distribution companies began an indefinite strike yesterday, which badly affected the power generation and supply situation in the two regions and also Hyderabad.

The strike has forced cancellation of several train services and also the ongoing 'Brahmotsavams' at Tirumala hills, the abode of Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati.

According to Power System Operation Corporation of PowerGrid figures, as many as three transmission lines of 400 kv and another two lines of 400/220 kv were tripped due to the agitations in Seemandhra region.

The figures suggested that only 2,990 MW thermal power was produced as against the installed capacity of 6,090 MW yesterday.

Similarly, power from the hydel generation stood at 1,694 MW against the installed capacity of 3,937 MW.

Several gas-based power plants are also not functioning due to gas shortage problems.

Senior electricity officials in Hyderabad would hold talks with the leaders of the striking employees today to resolve the issue.

Meanwhile, protests continued across the two regions by pro-united Andhra employees, who have been on strike since August 13.

The employees yesterday announced a fresh programme of agitations till October 20. They said they preferred to hold talks with the Chief Minister and not with others.

Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy would hold talks with the striking employees on October 9, according to P Ashok Babu, president of Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) association.

The indefinite fast launched by YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Saturday last against the state bifurcation entered the third day.

TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu is scheduled to start his indefinite fast in Delhi today against the way the Centre set out to divide the state.

First Published: Monday, October 07, 2013 02:45 PM
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