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Telangana shuts down

Hyderabad, August 10 (): Youths demanding special recruitment from Telangana regions to the AP police had given a total shut down. Business establishments downed shutters and buses were off the road. The day-long shutdown has been called by Telangana Students Joint Action Committee demanding deletion of clause 14(F) from Presidential Order, which treats Hyderabad as a free zone. This means that candidates from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions are also eligible to be recruited in police department in Hyderabad.

TRS, BJP and other outfits backing the call saw that the bandh was enforced. Educational institutions were closed. The bandh is in 14 districts including the capital city. Passengers who wanted to travel to districts where the bandh is not in force were stranded as govt pulled out its buses those who arrived at railway stations and airport too are stuck. No taxis are plying and only some private vehicles move around.

Police here imposed prohibitory orders, banning assembly of five or more people, and warned the protestors against forcibly enforcing the shutdown. Under the clause of Presidential Order, 1975, the Supreme Court in 2009 had declared Hyderabad a free zone. Telangana groups, fighting for separate statehood to the region, have since been demanding its deletion.

Thousands of policemen and about 40 companies of central paramilitary forces were deployed as part of the massive security. Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) Tuesday decided to recommend the president to delete the clause, the students’ group went ahead with the shutdown saying they would continue the protest till the president deletes.

Demanding that the state government defer the written test for recruitment of sub-inspectors of police, scheduled to be held Aug 13 and 14, till the clause is deleted.