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Dec 06 2016 (08:05)  Tensions in T.N. impact neighbouring States (www.thehindu.com)
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Bus services suspended, security stepped up on borders
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s critical health condition has had a fallout in the neighbouring States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Bus services have been suspended or limited while security has been stepped up in regions bordering Tamil Nadu.
Bus services from Bengaluru to Tamil Nadu were suspended on Monday and are likely to remain suspended on Tuesday too . A Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus was pelted with stones at Tiruvannamalai late on Sunday. Buses that had already departed for Chennai from
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Mysuru were sent back from the border. Three buses of the KSRTC were reportedly damaged because of stone pelting incidents in Tamil Nadu on Monday. Two more buses were damaged in the evening.
There are about 125 KSRTC buses in Tamil Nadu. Drivers have been instructed to remain there till the situation becomes normal.
Request for security
The police and Transport Department officials in Tamil Nadu have been requested to provide shelter and security to these buses, officials said, adding that they would monitor the situation before taking a call on resuming the services. The suspension of services left many people stranded in Bengaluru and Chennai on Monday.
Train services between the two States are likely to operate normally on Tuesday, though South Western Railway has made a few minor changes owing to other operational reasons.
In Kerala, the police heightened vigil following intelligence inputs that Ms Jayalalithaa’s condition could trigger a law and order situation at “certain hotspots” along the State’s long and porous border with its neighbour. State Police Chief Loknath Behera told The Hindu that the police were on alert and no untoward incident had been reported.
Idukki, Palakkad, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram have a sizeable Tamil population. Ms. Jayalalithaa’s party, the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, fielded candidates in these districts during the previous local body and Assembly elections. “She has an ardent support base in the State and this has been factored into our planning,” an official said.
The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation, which operates about 197 buses to Tamil Nadu, and private operators, which run about 100 buses to Chennai every day, limited their services. The Indian Railways operated trains as usual on Monday.
‘Curfew-like situation’
“A curfew-like situation was prevailing on the A.P.-Tamil Nadu borders. Police was deployed at the border villages — Ramapuram Kandriga, Bheemunivaripalem — of the Tada mandal. We will run buses depending on the situation by Monday night,” a private travel operator said.
APSRTC Executive Director (Operations) G. Jaya Rao said the Corporation was running limited services to Chennai, and the officials were closely monitoring the situation in Tamil Nadu.
“The Chittoor Deputy Chief Traffic Manager (Dy. CTM) Chandrashekar who camped at Chennai was instructed to give updated information to operate buses to the neighbouring State.,” Mr. Jaya Rao said.
Students, employees and traders, who went to their native place for the week-end from Chennai, cancelled their return journey expecting trouble in Tamil Nadu.
( With inputs from Thiruvananthapuram and Vijayawada)
News of T.N. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s health condition hits normal life in A.P., Karnataka and Kerala
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