Even as functioning of private schools picked up and the RTC improved its city services, judicial activity was almost nil in the courts as the general strike entered the 30th day on Wednesday.
Advocates boycotted their duties in Nampally Criminal Courts, Ranga Reddy district courts and other lower courts even as some judicial officers joined the strike in support of separate Telangana. Senior Advocate and former Secretary of Nampally Criminal Courts Bar Association, Mahesh Raje said that lawyers remained absent from their duties in support of the Telangana demand.
The Convenor of Telangana Advocates Joint Action Committee, M. Rajender Reddy said that judicial employees too remained absent and judicial activity came to a standstill. However, on the request of judges one attender was allowed to assist them in their chambers. With drivers also joining the strike, judges came on their personal vehicles.
With parents increasing pressure on the school managements and various groups continuing their demand to spare schools from the strike academic activity went on unhindered in schools that opened. However, large number of schools still remained closed. Government schools did not open as the teachers were in no mood to relent, said K. Venugopal, Co-Chairman, Telangana Teachers Joint Action Committee.
Corporate colleges continued to remain shut fearing that they would be dubbed as anti-Telangana if they resume classes. Madhusudhan Reddy, vice-chairman of Employees JAC and president of Government Junior Lecturers Association said junior lecturers in the city and across the region were continuing in the agitation.
Buses ply Problems of commuters travelling in city buses appear to be declining as more city buses hit the roads in the capital on Wednesday. RTC authorities claimed to have run over 2,000 city buses, including 1,000 hire buses.
Except for Ibrahimpatnam depot, buses pertaining to all bus depots have hit the roads in twin cities. However, window panes of seven city buses were damaged by agitators at different locations in the city, ASPRTC Greater Hyderabad zone Executive Director A. Purushotham Naik said. As days pass by, the number of employees attending their duties too is increasing. On Wednesday, nearly 1,000 drivers and 985 conductors joined duty, he said.
Meanwhile, the Convenor of Telangana Advocates Joint Action Committee, M. Rajender Reddy moved an application with the Human Rights Commission on the attacks' by the police on Swamy Goud and Kodandaram. He also wanted the SHRC to direct the police to ensure availability of women police while dealing with the women protesters.