IG injured in attack during bandh

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Rajiv Rattan’s vehicle stoned by youngsters staging a ‘rasta roko’

Barbed fence put up in Nalgonda on Wednesday to prevent trouble-makers from entering the town. —Photo: Singam Venkataramana
Barbed fence put up in Nalgonda on Wednesday to prevent trouble-makers from entering the town. —Photo: Singam Venkataramana

The ‘peaceful’ and ‘total’ bandh in the district on Wednesday was marred by an attack by a youth with a stick on Hyderabad Range Inspector-General of Police Rajiv Rattan near Yellareddiguda, in Narketpalli police limits. The IG, who was in civil dress, sustained simple injuries on the neck and a hand in the incident, which happened while he was coming from Hyderabad to the town.

The IG himself mentioned about the attack while interacting with press persons at One Town police station. He said the incident took place while a group of youngsters was staging a ‘rasta roko’. His vehicle was stoned. Tension prevailed in the area. Mr. Ratan’s aides shooed away the youth. A case was registered by the Narketpalli police. He said the situation was peaceful. Eleven cases against the agitators had been registered so far. As many as 46 persons hadve been taken into custody.

Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed during the bandh, which affected normal life. Buses were operated except in Devarakonda, where they hit the road after 8 a.m. The BJP was said to have assured the authorities that RTC buses were exempted from bandh. The agitators pelted stones at a bus at Yellareddiguda, resulting in injuries to two passengers. The bandh supporters took out processions in several towns against the lathi-charge on Monday and Tuesday and the arrest of several BJP leaders. Many leaders of ABVP and allied organisations were taken into preventive custody and lodged in police stations.

Police pickets

Police pickets were posted at several thoroughfares and near temples. They also took up mobile patrolling. Barbed fencing was put up at the entrance and exit points of the Old Town by the police to prevent entry of trouble-makers.

However, a group of Ayyappa devotees tried to take out a rally from the temple in Ramgiri. They were prevented by the police, citing prohibitory orders. After a heated argument with Nalgonda DSP Vijaykumar, the devotees raised slogans condemning the police ‘high-handedness’.

Meanwhile, SP Navin Gulati told press persons that 14 Ayyappa devotees had been released on personal surety, following an appeal by the ‘swamis’. He said the released persons had promised to come to the police station, if required in connection with the investigation.

Dr. Gulati faulted the agitators for attacking the police and taking the law into their hands, instead of approaching the proper forum. However, the SP said the police had respected for the Ayyappa devotees and acted only when they were attacked.

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