Old Hyderabad tense after communal clashes

Hyderabad, Oct 30: The old city of Hyderabad was tense Tuesday, a day after communal clashes over flags being burnt left 10 people injured.

There was no untoward incident since Tuesday morning, a police official said, adding that 17 people were arrested for the violence that broke out late Monday in Kulsumpura area of the city.

The violence, which broke out after unidentified people set ablaze religiously significant flags, resulted in 10 people, including three policemen, being injured. Five shops were also set ablaze. An assistant commissioner of police was among those injured.

People gathered on streets in Kulsumpura locality and indulged in stone pelting. Thereafter, tension spread to Sabzimandi, Dhoolpet, Mangalhat, Ziaguda, Jhirra, Karwan and other adjoining localities.

Police contingents were rushed to the area to bring the situation under control.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is on a visit to Medak district, reviewed the situation over phone with Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy and Director General of Police Dinesh Reddy.

The home minister said the government would deal firmly with those trying to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in the city. She said the police were taking all steps to maintain law and order.

There was tension near the police commissioner’s office at Basheerbagh in the heart of the city when leaders and workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, and other organisations staged a noisy protest, demanding action against those involved in the violence.

Police arrested senior BJP leaders Bandaru Dattatreya, Baddam Bal Reddy and others.

The communally sensitive old city and other areas in the city have been witnessing sporadic incidents with some groups trying to stop cattle being brought from outside the city for sacrifice on Eid-ul-Azha.

While the BJP and other organisations alleged that several cows were slaughtered on the occasion of the Eid, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) accused police of not taking any action against those trying to disturb peace and communal harmony.

The city had also witnessed such incidents after Eid-ul-Azha last year when some youths of a particular community were attacked in separate incidents. Police had arrested about a dozen activists of Hindu Vahini, who admitted that they carried out the attacks to take revenge for the cow slaughter.

IANS