Hyderabad, Jul 5: Barring minor incidents of clashes in Osmania University, the first day of the 48-hour bandh called by the Telangana political Joint Action Committee (JAC) in support of a separate state passed off peacefully today.
Clashes took place when the students of the university were prevented by the security personnel from taking out a rally, a police official said.
The students pelted stones at security personnel who lobbed tear gas shells to disperse them, police said, adding four policemen and some students were injured in the incidents.
Over 50 students and other Telangana supporters were taken into preventive custody, the official said. In Hyderabad, TRS workers and other Telangana supporters tried to stop the vehicle of senior Congress MLA M Sasidhar Reddy, who is vice-chairman of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), for not resigning from Assembly membership.
Commuters had a tough time as the state-run Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) suspended services in Hyderabad and other Telangana districts.
Schools, colleges, shops and other commercial establishments remained closed across Telangana region and the APSRTC buses remained off the roads. PTI