Telangana Protest
Supporters demanding a separate Telangana state carved out of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh damage a passenger bus during a protest against India's ruling Congress party in Hyderabad September 22, 2011.REUTERS/Krishnendu Halder

The week-long political unrest in the Seemandhra region which led to power blackouts in various districts of Andhra Pradesh, is likely to subside after YSR Congress Party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy was taken into preventive custody.

The YSRCP president Jagan, who had been on an indefinite strike for the last five days to protest against the Cabinet's approval on division of the state, was taken to Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) on Wednesday night and forcibly given IV fluids, reported ANI report.

His mother and YSRCP leader, YS Vijayamma, left Delhi for Hyderabad on Thursday morning to meet Jagan.

During his medical check-up on Wednesday, doctors said his health was deteriorating. They advised Jagan to call off the fast-unto-death as his sugar levels were falling.

On the same day, police stormed into Jagan's Lotus Pond residence, the site of his fast, and took him into preventive custody before sending him to NIMS.

Jagan began his second indefinite fast for a 'United Andhra' cause on 5 October. On the second day of his fast, protests against the creation of a separate Telangana state turned violent in Vizianagaram district. Curfew was imposed and shoot-at-sight orders were given to police officials of the coastal district.

YSRCP supporters, who had targeted Pradesh Congress Committe (PCC) chief Botsa Satyanarayana's properties, were accused of inciting violence.

With Jagan in preventive custody and his fast broken, the political storm in the Seemandhra region is expected to fizzle out gradually.

Cyclone Phailin

Meanwhile, a major tropical cyclone named Phalin is heading its way to the coastline of Andha Pradesh. The cyclone which which hit the Andaman and Nicobar islands on Wednesday is also expected to threaten the coastline of Odisha over the next two days, reported PTI.

The Met department warned that a depression over north Andamans might turn into a very severe cyclonic storm and cross north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coasts between Kalingapatnam and Paradeep by 12 October. A maximum sustained wind speed of 175-185 kmph is expected.

The governments of both states have asked fishermen to avoid going into the sea waters. The Army, Air Force and Navy have put on alert.

Click here to watch video of Jaganmohan Reddy being taken into preventive custody

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