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Updated: April 9, 2012 10:05 IST

Communal clashes break out in Hyderabad

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The Hindu

Indefinite curfew imposed in Saidabad and Madannapet

The relatively peaceful atmosphere in the State capital was shattered on Sunday morning after communal clashes broke out in old city areas, forcing the authorities to clamp indefinite curfew in Saidabad and Madannapet police station areas.

At least a dozen persons were injured in isolated cases of attacks, stone pelting and knifing incidents reported from Saidabad, Madannapet, Champapet, Hari Bowli, Talab Katta and neighbouring localities. Police used force repeatedly to quell riotous mobs after lobbing of teargas shells proved ineffective.

Caught off-guard

The outbreak of communal violence clearly caught the police forces off-guard. Massive force deployment had ensured the peaceful conduct of Hanuman Jayanti on Friday, but as the police vigil waned and the deployments withdrawn by Sunday, trouble-mongers were out in the open. Tension gripped Saidabad in the morning after devotees noticed the burnt parts of an animal carcass thrown into a religious place.

As emotional devotees gathered and indulged in stone pelting and sloganeering, the tension escalated and spread to other areas. Within no time, groups began gathering in lanes and bylanes of different areas as far as in Kandikalgate or in Talab Katta and attacked innocent passersby. Sporadic incidents of arson were also reported.

The three knifing incidents were reported from Saidabad locality. Two of the victims who hail from Madhapur area were returning from a wedding when they were stabbed, while the third passerby was a resident of Madannapet. All the three were shifted to a corporate hospital. Elsewhere attacks and stone hurling incidents were reported from Hari Bowli, Talab Katta, Khilwat, Chawni Nade Ali Baig, Zakir Hussain Colony, Chanchalguda, Rein Bazar, Santoshnagar and Kurmaguda. It took sometime for the police to move in additional contingents into the troubled areas. But by the time the police managed to gain some control over the troubled areas it was near noon and till then mobs had a free run.

As usual, the city buses bore the brunt of the mob fury and 18 buses were damaged in stone-pelting incidents forcing authorities to suspend operations on the Saidabad and Madannapet routes.

Commissioner of Police, A.K. Khan, who was to hand over charge to Anurag Sharma and proceed for his four-week training was asked to remain in saddle. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy later in the night appealed for restraint and claimed that the situation was under control. Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy too reviewed the situation.

Clearly this is the work of saffron terrorists. This bigger consperacy against Hyderabad, they want to make Hyderabad next Gujrat.

from:  Vinay Sharma
Posted on: Apr 13, 2012 at 03:36 IST

Almost 10 Hindus have been picked up police, while no muslim is picked up for these riots. So, muslims not being questioned even for harming a peaceful temple, is the new secularism? The Hindu needs to investigate and report the truth.

from:  Chandu
Posted on: Apr 10, 2012 at 13:40 IST

This another instance of deteriorated adminisration.

from:  manepalli bojjjaiah
Posted on: Apr 10, 2012 at 07:18 IST

I want to ask every commenter blaming to each other.Think!
During the Telugu Desam regime of NTR and Chandrababu Naidu, they were no Hindu-Muslim riots or fisad. Only during the
Congress and MIM period we are witnessing this.

from:  Rehan Azmi
Posted on: Apr 10, 2012 at 01:13 IST

People should be educated.This way no one gonna gain anything.Does that really make any difference, on grounds, to be either of muslim or hindu?
These are things created by people themselves and can get away with it.
Throw up this rage or hate or whatever and help development of state.

from:  abhi
Posted on: Apr 9, 2012 at 17:03 IST

Police is not acting on culprits who want to disturb the peace in the city. Here in Hyderabad no body is in favour of communal voilence except outsiders.

from:  Khan
Posted on: Apr 9, 2012 at 16:50 IST

We need to keep our mind neutral untill the real culprit is caught, if it is of the other communicty punish them,
Also you know what happened in Karnataka when Pakistani Flag is hoisted in a government office by some Sangh Parivar people who were caught later. (till the time they were caugth there was a huge anti Minority venom spread in media without knowing the truth)
The Sangh Parivars are not really intrested in preaching Hindusim. They just believe in ruling India by any means.
I appeal to every Indain that be united, these are the test of our unity and dharma in the testing times which will be rewarded/punished in the after life by God.

from:  Abdul Kader
Posted on: Apr 9, 2012 at 15:36 IST

It’s not fanatics who do this kind of work. It’s always well planned and timed by some political leaders. These are the leaders whom we vote? I think we people always think that some fanatic or foolish people do this kind of work. But this country has so many poor people that they can do anything for money. So politicians use them whenever they want.

from:  dilip
Posted on: Apr 9, 2012 at 14:58 IST

Mr P Debnath, questions the celebration of hanuman jayanti by hindus?
Surprising. In secular India, all religions are free to celebrate their
own religious rituals and mind you we are not living in Saudi Arabia.
As we are allowed to celebrate our Easter, its highly unfair if hindus
were not allowed to celebrate their ritual and perpetrators of the
crime need to be brought to book. For his clarification, it seems he is
in Pakisthan. If these are alleged crimes of desecrating Hindu temples
take place, we will definitely speed into a Pakistani regime in no
time, with Fatwas summoning innocent Pastors, now and then and
desecrating umpteen number of Temples and Churches every day.

from:  George Koshi
Posted on: Apr 9, 2012 at 14:32 IST

The simple solution lies in recognising that political parties -
particularly con gress - are responsible for the problems and
unfortunately, it creates rupture between religious groups. We need a
person like Sri Narendra Modi Ji at the helm.

from:  Sastry
Posted on: Apr 9, 2012 at 14:08 IST

Communal Class in 2012!!!
This issue is clearly created by some external body, who wanted to take advantage of situation. I don't understand who is that fool who think that having animal carcass at the religions place cause any issue! They don't know that God is omnipresent then how come they are "devotee"; unnecessary tension created in the town! All culprit should be punished badly.

from:  Deepesh Deomurari
Posted on: Apr 9, 2012 at 11:02 IST

The only way to stop this becoming a full blown communal violence is to bring those fanatics who desecrated Hindu temple to justice.

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Apr 9, 2012 at 10:31 IST

Hanuman Jayanti had to celebrated after deploying massive police force...........are we in India or in pakistan ????

from:  p debnath
Posted on: Apr 9, 2012 at 10:31 IST
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