The situation in the capital remained peaceful during the curfew relaxation period on Monday leading the authorities to relax the curfew by one more hour in all the 25 police station areas from Tuesday.
Curfew would be enforced from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m.
The nine-hour curfew relaxation brought much relief to the old city residents, though the inconvenience of the night curfew had to be suffered.
Within minutes of the curfew relaxation coming into force from 8 a.m. people spilled on to the roads in thousands.
Confusion reigned supreme at vegetable stalls, ATM centres, medical shops and fuel selling stations.
The situation was better than on Sunday as more ATMs operated efficiently and a majority of fuel stations sold petrol and diesel.
However, there were no transactions at many banks in the old city as the authorities had to finalise the annual accounts. Pitiable was the sight of daily wage earners running towards labour addas at Chandrayangutta, Shalibanda, Bahadurpura, Kishanbagh and other areas in anticipation of work to earn some money.
As the relaxation period came to an end in the evening, it was time for traffic jams at Afzalgunj, Gulzar Houz, Shalibanda, Miralam Mandi and Mozamjahi market areas.
BJP president G. Kishen Reddy, former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, the greater Hyderabd BJP president, B. Venkat Reddy, and former legislators Premsingh Rathore and Baddam Bal Reddy were taken into custody by the police when they went on a visit to the old city.
The BJP State unit condemned the arrests accusing the police of being extremely partisan.
They alleged that the Majlis Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi who had violated curfew and staged a demonstration in front of Charminar police station was not arrested.
Later at a press conference, Hyderabad Commissioner of Police A.K. Khan said curfew would be relaxed for ten hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m in all the 25 police stations.
A relaxed Mr. Khan declared that no untoward incidents were reported from any part of the curfew-bound areas.
Indicating that the investigation into the communal clashes was picking up momentum, Mr. Khan said 204 persons were arrested so far. He said the police had identified a gang of criminals who had allegedly stabbed to death a HSBC employee and later stabbed a constable on March 29. The killing of the bank employee was not a murder for gain, he said, indicating that it could have been a communal killing.
Appeal to parties
He appealed to religious organisations and political parties to remove any flags they pitch, on any occasion, on their own.
This would avoid escalation of tensions, he said. He pointed out that police would not allow movement of groups and holding of demonstrations.
On relaxation of curfew during nights, Mr. Khan replied that imposing curfew during nights indicates that normalcy was yet to be restored in old city. However, a decision would be taken in a couple of days, he added.
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