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Bandh over special category status in Andhra Pradesh

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati (AP) 

A state-wide called by a people's forum for granting special category status (SCS) to is being observed today.

The ruling (TDP), though supporting the cause, decided to stay away from the agitation.

No untoward incidents, except burning of a motorbike in Tirupati, have been reported so far during the called by the Pratyeka Samiti.

The strike has been supported by all opposition parties, including the YSR (YSRC) and

N Chandrababu Naidu, who reviewed the situation with top police officials, directed them to ensure that

peace prevailed in the state.

Educational institutions remained shut and examinations scheduled for the day have been postponed in view of the stir.

buses remained confined to the depots as protesters staged sit-ins and 'road roko' at various places.

In Vijayawada, Pratyeka Samiti Chalasani Srinivas, CPI and CPI(M) state secretaries K Ramakrishna and P Madhu organised a 'dharna' at the PN bus station.

In Visakhapatnam, YSR V Vijayasai Reddy led the protest.

YSRC Y S Jaganmohan Reddy announced a day's break to his ongoing 'Padayatra' (foot march) to monitor the from his camp in district.

The police said unidentified miscreants set a bike on fire outside the bus terminus in Tirupati town.

The ruling had withdrawn its ministers in the Union cabinet and walked out of the NDA after the BJP-led Centre denied special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 12:20 IST