Tension gripped parts of old city of Hyderabad after groups of people belonging to different communities hurled stones in Saidabad and surrounding localities on Sunday morning. Scores of RTC buses and three vehicles belonging to media organisations were damaged in stone pelting incidents.

Police contingents were moved into sensitive areas to quell rioting mobs. At least in two places -- bank colony near Saidabad and on Chanchalguda - Kurmaguda road, a motorcycle and an autorickshaw were damaged by unruly mobs.

Trouble broke out in the morning after devotees accused the people of other community of desecrating a religious place. As rumours spread, mobs went on a rampage showering stones on police and on houses.

Localities in and around Saidabad, Bank colony, Poosala Basti, Kurmaguda and Champapet are reported to be tense. Life is normal in other parts of the city.

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