TDP activists burn an effigy as they protest against creation of Telangana state, in Vizag. (PTI photo)
Tension prevailed in Vizianagaram town and other parts of the district on the third day of the shutdown on Sunday, as anti-bifurcation protests turned violent. Shoot-at-sight orders were issued in Vizianagaram.
Protestors clashed with police as they set up blockades on roads and highways. Pradesh Congress Committe (PCC) chief Botsa Satyanarayana’s properties were targeted. Police fired rubber bullets in Kothapeta and Gujulrega, on the outskirts of Vizianagaram, to disperse a mob that was about to torch Satya College run by Satyanarayana’s brother.
“We have no problem if the protests are peaceful, but if they turn violent we will deal with them according to the law. Today, violence was reported, there was arson and looting, and public and private property was damaged. The district cooperative bank was set on fire Protesters were even beating up people who were going to buy vegetables or milk. We ordered curfew on Saturday night,” said Coastal Zone IG D Tirumala Rao.
Sources said most of the protesters who targeted Satyanarayana’s properties were YSR Congress Party workers. Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy’s indefinite fast entered the second day today.
While a total shutdown was observed in all 13 Seemandhra districts, clashes were also reported in Anantapur and Kurnool.
Meanwhile, the strike by electricity employees started affecting power generation and supply. On Sunday evening, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy appealed to the employees to resume their duties as hospitals and essential and emergency services were getting affected due to power outages. Officials at Dr Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station at Vijayawada said six of the seven units had to be shut down.