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Large parts of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh (AP) have shut down in a strike called by the supporters of a new state.
Strict security has been imposed in 10 districts of the state and more than 100,000 security personnel deployed.
Fearing violence, the authorities have cancelled 9,000 buses and 165 trains.
The strike, called for the creation of a separate Telangana state out of AP, is also supported by students groups and the outlawed ultra-Left Maoists.
Telangana region, which includes Hyderabad - an IT hub of southern India and home to firms like Microsoft, Google and Dell - is spread over 10 northern districts of Andhra Pradesh.