India’s Hyderabad shut down as thousands demand new state

Times Now:  Million march to Hyderabad disrupts normalcy

Mar 10, 2011–Massive traffic and security restrictions were imposed by police ahead of the ‘Million March to Hyderabad’ called by pro-Telangana groups, seeking introduction of a bill on the separate statehood issue in the ongoing Parliament session. Traffic restrictions came into force from morning hours and office-goers had to face problems reaching their destinations. The million march, aimed at sending across a message to the Centre on formation of Telangana is supposed to be held from 1 PM to 4 PM at Tankbund at the Hussainsagar lake in the heart of the city

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) – Police fired tear gas Thursday at protesters demanding a separate state in southern India, a campaign that could potentially hurt the stability of the governing coalition already struggling with graft scandals.

A policeman fires a tear gas shell towards pro-Telangana supporters during a demonstration in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad March 10, 2011.

Businesses were shut in Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh state and where global firms including Microsoft and Google have their main India offices, as thousands of protesters, including lawmakers, students and local government officials, took to the streets.

 

The four-decade-old demand for Telengana state to be carved out of the economically less developed part of Andhra Pradesh gathered momentum last year after the federal government, led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Congress party, accepted it in principle.

But the decision triggered a backlash from those opposed to breaking up Andhra Pradesh, a politically important state which sends the highest number of lawmakers to the federal parliament, forcing the ruling Congress-led coalition to backtrack. Continue reading