Staff Reporter

MAHABUBNAGAR: Tension prevailed at Appannapally village about 6 kms away from here on Wednesday following desecration of a deity in a local temple. About 16 persons were taken into custody by the police. Police posted pickets in the village to defuse the tension.

The BJP and VHP gave a Mahabubnagar bandh call on Thursday. The leaders of BJP and VHP strongly condemned the police attitude on the agitators who were staging a rasta roko. Demanding the arrest of the culprits the villagers in large number including women staged a rasto roko and dharna.

The irate mob at one stage pelted stones on a local mosque. The villagers alleged that the outsiders who came from Gulbarga and Hyderabad were allegedly responsible for the damage of the statue. The District Collector V.Usharani and Superintendent of Police Charu Sinha rushed to the to assure the villagers that the renovation of temple would be taken up .