Thousands of Andhra employees gather in Vijayawada for protest

Tension prevailed here on Thursday as thousands of employees and teachers from various parts of Andhra Pradesh, defying police ban, descended on the city for 'Chalo Vijayawada' to press their demands for a higher pay revision.

Despite police denying permission for the protest and the curbs imposed across the state, a large number of employees, teachers and pensioners managed to reach here after a call by 'PRC Sadhana Samiti', the joint action committee of all employees' associations.

Raising slogans like "we want justice" and holding flags of their respective unions and banners, the protestors began a massive rally from AP NGO Bhavan towards BRTS Road. The rally brought traffic to a halt in the busy areas.

Claiming that 'Chalo Vijayawada' a huge success, the employees demanded that the state government take back the Government Order (G