A day-long shutdown called by the opposition parties in Telangana on Saturday over farmers’ issues has evoked a partial response in the state.
The opposition parties are demanding the government to implement one-time waiver of farm loans to check the increasing number of suicides by farmers.
Shops, business establishments and educational institutions were also closed in some parts of the state.
Police arrested leaders of the main opposition Congress, Telugu Desam Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, Left parties and YSR Congress Party.
Bus services were affected in parts of Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Warangal, Adilabad and Khammam districts. The corporation is operating buses with police protection.
A bus was damaged in an incident of stone-pelting in Musheerabad area here.
Congress party’s state chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, TDP president L. Ramna and BJP’s floor leader in assembly K. Laxman were among the top leaders arrested here when they tried to stop buses at different places in the city.
TDP leaders Ramna, E. Dayakar Rao, Revanth Reddy and BJP’s Laxman were taken into custody at Jubilee Bus Station in Secunderabad.
Former minister and senior Congress leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir was arrested at Mehdipatnam bus station. BJP leader Indrasena Reddy was held at Dilsukhnagar bus stand.
Scores of opposition leaders and activists were arrested at bus stations in various towns since early Saturday.
The opposition parties have alleged that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) failed to come to the rescue of distressed farmers. They claimed that over 1,400 farmers committed suicide since June last year when Telangana came into being as a separate state.
Displaying rare unity, the opposition parties called for shutdown after all their legislators were suspended from both houses of the state legislature last week for stalling the proceedings over the farmers’ suicides.