A state-wide bandh (general strike) is taking place Monday, April 16, in Andhra Pradesh. The action was called for by a people's forum in favor of granting special category status (SCS) to the state and has been supported by all opposition parties. A significant impact on rail and road traffic has been reported, with activists blocking express trains at Samalkot railway station. Demonstrations have also been reported on National Highway 16 connecting Kolkata and Chennai. During the strike, bus operations will stop at the Andhra Pradesh state border. No major outbreaks of violence have been reported thus far.
Certain states in India have been asking for special statuses due to a lack of resources for development, among other needs. In addition to Andhra Pradesh, the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Rajasthan have also demanded this status as well.
Individuals present in Andra Pradesh are advised to prepare for the various consequences of this state-wide general strike. Avoid all public gatherings, protests, and rallies, as they have the potential to turn violent. Keep abreast of the situation and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.