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Seemandhra: Curfew in Vizianagaram but agitators not deterred

The agitators were not deterred by the curfew and the shoot-at-sight orders issued to police.

Written by PTI | Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam | Updated: March 14, 2014 12:19:41 pm

Tension prevailed in Vizianagaram town and other parts of the district for the third day on Sunday,as anti-bifurcation agitators hit the streets despite a curfew and pelted police with stones.

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Police fired rubber bullets in the air at Kothapeta area on the outskirts of the town in response to the stone-pelting,and lathicharged a crowd in Palliveedhi area on Sunday.

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Satyna Engineering College,run by family members of the Andhra Pradesh Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana,at Gajularega on the outskirts of Vizianagaram,was also targeted.

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The agitators were not deterred by the curfew and the shoot-at-sight orders issued to police on Saturday night.

Some protesters were taken into custody,police said.

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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.

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“Lot 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 police and protesters,nearly two dozen police personnel,including Vizianagaram DSP Krishna Prasanna,sustained injuries on Saturday.

Additional forces are being deployed.

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