Staff Reporter

Alleged eve-teasing snowballs into communal clashes

ANANTAPUR: The clashes between two communities at Kadiri in the district are being attributed to failure of the police in responding and reacting to the minor issue of eve-teasing in time. It all began when a few Muslim girls of Kummara Veedhi locality were allegedly teased by some youths of Harijanawada on Saturday afternoon. Elders of the girls' families warned them against teasing their girls or face serious consequences.

A group from the SC community allegedly attacked Muslim houses on the same night and injured 10 women and children.

Accordingly, the police picked up four youth on Sunday and the women from Harijanwada staged a protest sit-in in front of the police station demanding immediate release of their youth. At the same time, a group of Muslims were also staging a protest in front of the MRO's office located nearby on the issue of occupation of their land by Left activists.

When they came across each other while returning home, they started arguing over the incidents and war of words led to clashes.

The police rushed to the spot in time and dispersed both sides. Meanwhile, some Muslim youths swooped on the SC locality and torched seven huts attacked people including women and children. A police party rushed to the locality and opened fire into the air to disperse the mob. The mob resorted to violence again at Indira Gandhi circle by attacking everybody they came across including the police and newspersons.

Cases to be booked

Superintendent of Police M.S. Raveendra said cases would be booked against all those responsible for taking law into their hands. Additional forces were called in from Madanapalle and Chittoor apart from Anantapur.