The nationwide shutdown has been called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as the Left parties.
In Andhra Pradesh, the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and YSR Congress Party were also supporting the shutdown to demand rollback of the petrol price hike.
In a rare show of unity, political rivals joined hands to protest the price hike. At many places, workers of the BJP, TDP, CPI and CPI-M were seen together stopping buses or staging road blockades.
Majority of the APSRTC buses remained confined to depots as the protestors did not allow authorities to take them out. They sat in front of the depots since early morning. Holding their party flags and raising anti-government slogans, they laid siege to the depots.
The shutdown was partial in Hyderabad as APSRTC was running most of the city buses with police protection. Shops and petrol bunks were also open in many places.
At the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station in Hyderabad, police arrested CPI-M leader P. Madhu and dozens of other party activists for trying to stop the buses. Though police claimed that the buses were plying normally, services were affected because of the total impact of the strike in districts.
Image: Indian police detain activists of opposition parties who tried to prevent buses from operating during a nationwide strike to protest a steep hike in gas prices in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, May 31, 2012.