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Updated: January 22, 2013 17:35 IST

Hyderabad old city tense as MIM workers take to the streets

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The MIM workers were protesting against their party president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi being remanded in judicial custody by a court in Sangareddy. The protestors damaged the windscreens of 15 city buses at Amberpet, Mehdipatnam, Afzalgunj, Shaikpet and M.J. Market. A shop at the pension office in Banjara Hills was attacked when it was found to be open. Charminar and its surrounding areas wore a deserted look in the afternoon with shopkeepers downing the shutters of all business establishments as protestors roamed around forcing closure of shops.

Authorities deployed contingents of Rapid Action Force (RAF), Armed Reserve and Task Force teams in old city areas, as tension escalated with the MIM workers taking to streets forcing the closure of shops and pelted stones on city buses on Monday afternoon.

The MIM workers were protesting against their party president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi being remanded in judicial custody by a court in Sangareddy. The protestors damaged the windscreens of 15 city buses at Amberpet, Mehdipatnam, Afzalgunj, Shaikpet and M.J. Market. A shop at the pension office in Banjara Hills was attacked when it was found to be open.

The slogan-shouting party workers took out rallies in Kalapathar, Khilwath, Falaknuma, Hafeezbabanagar, Phoolbagh, Edi Bazaar and other areas demanding Mr. Owaisi’s release. A group of 50 women staged a rasta roko in Riyasatnagar condemning the arrest of Mr. Asaduddin. Several small traders voluntarily closed their shops. Miraj of Falaknuma said: “Apprehending violence, I closed my shop.”

Charminar and its surrounding areas wore a deserted look in the afternoon with shopkeepers downing the shutters of all business establishments as protestors roamed around forcing closure of shops. Police teams moved in and dispersed mobs at various places.

Charminar was also closed for visitors for a brief period during the melee. Several schools in the old city sent students away and closed.

Later in the evening, City Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma told reporters that the situation was under control in the old city.

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@ suhail: why not the Army? Anyone be it Akbaruddin, Asaduddin, or anyone, if they try to flare up sentiments and their idiotic supporters vandalize public property, let Army be bought in and teach all of them a lesson.

from:  Himanshu
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 17:58 IST

Government is able to take Hyderabad from Nizam due to reasons best known to Indian Constitution which is welcomed most by one and all. Now Indian Government and Indian people are badly in need of a second Capital for safety and prosperity. In that case the Government can as well make Hyderabad as second capital and making Hyderabad intact for both Telangana and coastal Andhra Pradesh as a capital. There is a lot of space for all these situations. The Center need not wait for anybodys consent in that context. If the respective regions need new capitals for their respective regions they can adapt their existing Best cities as second new capital for the respective regions. The present center leasership is of different opinion. They want to grab Hyderabad in the name of Nations security for the benfit of vested interests and hit on the future of Telugus. Most of the statesmen are silent over this. They are not serious about peace among different people of India. Unity must.

from:  K. Brahmam
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 12:08 IST

Be careful for what you wish for. Deploying Army would mean the
suspension of constitution which mean citizens would not be entitled
to their constitutional rights under military rule. Everybody know
leaders on both sides gave speeches that may promote communal hatred.
Being openly biased by targeting one community or it's leaders will
obviously provoke them. Media is giving this case way too much hype
than it deserves.

from:  suhail
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 11:18 IST

City administration should assess the damage and order MIM party to pay for damaging
public property as well business losses.

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 05:29 IST

None but Congress is to be blamed for this fate of Hyd. Arresting
Akbaruddin had sense. Why Asaduddin? The only possible reasons can be
that the Central Govt. is declaring Telangana next week and it thinks
that by putting Asad behind bars they can control some ruckus in the old
city (as MIM is supporting united AP). Secondly Congress wants to send a
strong message that any party that doesn't support it will have to face
music. Congress is ruining AP.

from:  Pratap
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 01:52 IST

Lets deploy the Army and any Anti National acts will be swiftly dealt
with.

No more Nonsense ever.

from:  Mahesh Kuthuru
Posted on: Jan 22, 2013 at 01:42 IST
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