Special correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Civil Liberties Monitoring Committee (CLMC) has cautioned the police and the media not to jump to conclusions on involvement of anyone in the gunning down of a police constable in the old city on Friday and demanded that the police conduct an ‘impartial and unbiased' investigation into the firing incident.

In a statement here, the committee representative Lateef Mohammed Khan cautioned that the mistake that was committed after the blast in Mecca Masjid [f blaming a particular community to be responsible] should not be repeated in the current firing incident. “It should be investigated in all possible angles,” Mr. Khan said. Condemning the attack in which constable U. Ramesh was killed, the committee expressed concern over the incident when police had been put on a ‘high alert'.

Praja Rajyam described attack on the police picket as a challenge hurled at the police and the State government as the shooting incident took place in the backdrop of terror alerts issued by the intelligence agencies.

The Communist Party of India State council condemned the attack and demanded that the government pay an ex-gratia of Rs. 10 lakh to the bereaved family.