Visakhapatnam/Hyderabad: Defying shoot at sight orders and curfew, anti-bifurcation agitators on Sunday hit the streets in Vizianagaram town and other parts of the district and clashed with the police.
The police fired rubber bullets at Kothapeta area on the outskirts of the town to disperse stone-pelting protesters and used batons against a mob in Palliveedhi area.
Satyna Engineering College, run by family members of the Andhra Pradesh Congress chief B Satyanarayana, at Gajularega on the outskirts of Vizianagaram, was also targetted.
The agitators were not deterred by the curfew and the shoot-at-sight orders issued to the police on Saturday night.
Some protesters were taken into custody, police said. The curfew was imposed in the town in the wake of large-scale violence on Saturday.
Vizianagaram, a town in coastal Andhra, has been roiling since the Union Cabinet's October 3 decision to create the state of Telangana out of the state of Andhra Pradesh.
"Lots of violence was reported, with the protesters indulging in arson, looting shops, setting a bank on fire, and damaging public and private properties. In view of the violence, authorities ordered a curfew late last night," Dwaraka Tirumala Rao, IGP (North Coastal Zone) said.
The 48-hour bandh called by Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers Association got over on Saturday night. The situation in Seemandhra, overall, was under control, the IGP said.
In Vizianagaram, protesters have been targeting the properties of Satyanarayana and his family members over the last two days. They also burned vehicles, set fire to the district cooperative central bank, a college and cable network run by Satyanarayna's family members.
In a pitched battle between the police and protesters, nearly two dozen police personnel, including Vizianagaram DSP Krishna Prasanna, sustained injuries on Saturday and additional forces are being deployed.

Electricity employees to begin indefinite strike from today

Meanwhile, the electricity employees of Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions of Andhra Pradesh will go on indefinite strike from Sunday to protest the central government's decision to carve out separate Telangana state.

Over 30,000 electricity employees in Seemandhra, as Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions are collectively known, are likely to join the strike called by Seemandhra electricity employees Joint Action Committee (JAC).

JAC chairman Sai Baba announced that there would be no exemption to emergency services like hospital, water supply and agriculture. He said the strike would continue till the central government takes back the decision to divide the state.

The strike may affect the electricity generation and supply not just in 13 districts of Seemandhra but may also hit transmission in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana. It may also hit the southern grid as all four southern states - Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu - are interlinked.

Electricity supply in six districts in coastal Andhra was affected due to the two-day strike by the employees on Friday and Saturday. The employees had also observed 72-hour strike last month. Over six lakh government employees and teachers in Seemandhra are already on indefinite strike from August 13.


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