Hyderabad, October 17 (ANI): Public continues to bear the brunt of the ongoing agitation for separate state of Telangana. Following the shutdown call by the protestors, the public transport went off roads and crippled normal life in Andhra Pradesh. Locals fear that the agitation may affect the Diwali celebrations as well. Telecommunication services have also been paralysed owing to the ongoing stir. For the past couple of months, the activists have stepped up their efforts for the four decade old demand of a separate Telangana state.