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Mixed response to AP bandh called by TDP

The bandh called by main Andhra Pradesh”s opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to protest the arrest of its fasting President N Chandrababu Naidu today evoked mixed response across the state.

The statewide shutdown, supported by Left parties, was by and large peaceful, police sources said.

Naidu, on an indefinite hunger strike for the last three days to demand higher compensation for rain-hit farmers, was taken into custody by the police and forcibly shifted to NIMS Hospital here in the wee hours today.

However, the former Chief Minister continued his fast in the government-run medical facility for the fourth day.

During the bandh, commercial establishments, hotels and private educational institutions remained closed in several parts of the state, they said.

Hundreds of TDP workers and leaders were taken into custody in various districts when they tried to enforce the bandh. The protesters stopped buses at many spots.

Most business establishments remained shut in the state capital and towns like Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Nellore, Anantapur, Karimnagar, Warangal and Kadapa. As a precautionary measure, the AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) withdrew buses in some districts, the sources said.

In Krishna district, the shutdown evoked lukewarm response. The transport system remained unaffected. Most shops and commercial establishments in Vijayawada, a commercial hub, were open. Government offices were functioning but private educational institutions were closed, they added.

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