The opposition sponsored Bharat Bandh to protest the latest petrol hike had a partial impact in districts while it was largely ignored in Hyderabad. Barring a solitary incident of activists-police clash, life was normal.
Tension mounted at RTC crossroads in Narayanguda when CPI activists tried to shut a wine shop at Chikkadpally. In the melee, glass panes of the shop were broken. Police intervened and beat up a women activist. She sustained minor injuries. Though life was normal in the City, exams were postponed.
At Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station, some 50 activists of CPM including former MP P Madhu were arrested by the police when they tried to stop some buses. A rally at Narayanguda flyover by CPM led to a huge traffic jam.
In the districts, life was thrown out of gear. Most APSRTC buses did not run in the districts till noon. The opposition parties held a rasta roko at bus depots in all district headquarters. Depots of Khammam, Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Kurnool, Nizamabad, Prakasam East Godavari, Guntur and Nellore remained inactive. Many banks were cautious and kept their shutters half-down. Offices were working.