Hyderabad communal clash: Curfew continues in trouble-hit areas

Three persons were killed yesterday in police firing following communal clashes sparked by alleged burning of a religious flag by some persons in Kishanbagh area of the Old City.

hidden May 15, 2014 12:26:59 IST
Hyderabad communal clash: Curfew continues in trouble-hit areas

Hyderabad: Indefinite curfew remained in force for the second day today under Rajendranagar Police Station limits of Cyberabad Police Commissisonerate here in the wake of communal clashes and death of three persons in police firing in Kishanbagh area of Old City.

"The curfew is continuing...situation is peaceful and under control...no untoward incidents have been reported," Cyberabad Joint Commissioner of Police Y Gangadhar told PTI.

Hyderabad communal clash Curfew continues in troublehit areas

Security personnel patrol an area after curfew was imposed in some parts of Hyderabad following communal clashes on Wednesday. PTI

Three persons were killed yesterday in police firing following communal clashes sparked by alleged burning of a religious flag by some persons in Kishanbagh area of the Old City.

Police clamped indefinite curfew under section 144 of CrPC in Rajendranagar Police Station limits after the clashes, which left 17 people, including ten police personnel, injured in heavy stone pelting.

Large number of police personnel, including RAF, BSF and Central Para Military Forces, were deployed in the area to maintain law and order.

Depending on the situation today, police may take a decision on relaxation in the curfew period. Some trouble-makers were taken into custody and were being questioned about their alleged role in the incident, police sources said.

The dead were buried late in the day yesterday amid tight security. Eight people who received bullet injuries and others were who were injured in the attacks by the mob were undergoing treatment in hospitals.

Police have also beefed up security in the old city areas abutting riot-hit neighbourhood.

The BSF action of opening fire has come under severe public criticism. The residents of Arsh Mahal alleged the security force opened fire on them without a warning.

The residents, majority of whom are daily wage labourers, alleged that both the rioters and the police targeted them. According to them, policemen were mute spectators when a mob armed with swords attacked them and set afire their houses, shops and vehicles but and when they gathered to protest police fired on them.

The Cyberabad police had sought help of BSF personnel, who were deployed in the city during elections. A police official had asked the BSF to open fire when a group had gathered near a hillock.

However, it was not clear if the police official asked the BSF personnel to open fire in the air or on the mob. Some officials admitted the situation could have been controlled without firing on the people.

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) has demanded judicial probe into the police firing. In a letter to Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, MIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi demanded an inquiry by a sitting judge of the high court.

Owaisi alleged the police failed to act when an armed mob attacked the houses of a particular community but asked the BSF to open fire when some people pelted stones as a means of self-defence.

PTI & IANS

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