Protests paralyse life in south India

2013-10-08 14:00
Traffic comes to a halt following protests by supporters of ‘United Andhra Pradesh’ at Karnool district in Andhra Pradesh state, India. (File, AP)

Traffic comes to a halt following protests by supporters of ‘United Andhra Pradesh’ at Karnool district in Andhra Pradesh state, India. (File, AP)

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Hyderabad - Widespread power cuts and a strike by government employees opposed to the creation of a new state have crippled life in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Most districts in Andhra Pradesh were in darkness after nearly 30 000 power workers went on strike to protest the decision to cleave the state into two and carve out a new state of Telangana. Hundreds of thousands of government employees opposed to the division are also on strike in the state.

Trains, water supply and cellular phone services have been hit. Hospital and emergency services were running on generators on Tuesday.

Police clamped a curfew on Vijayanagaram after violence erupted in the town.

Andhra Pradesh's top elected official has urged scrapping the decision to split the state and talks to resolve the crisis.

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