ANDHRA PRADESH

Black Day peaceful; DJS rally foiled

Angst aroused: DJS president Shaik Mahboob Ali being arrested at Moghulpura on Saturday.  

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: People heaved a sigh of relief, as Saturday observed as the Black Day in connection with the demolition of Babri Masjid, passed off peacefully amidst unprecedented security in the State capital. No untoward incident was reported from any of the communally sensitive towns in the State too.

In Hyderabad, police foiled an attempt by the activists of the Darsgah Jihad-O-Shadat (DJS) to take out a protest rally defying the prohibitory orders. DJS president Shaik Mahboob Ali and nine other activists were detained for sometime and let off.

Security was tightest in old city, which observed a complete bandh, in the backdrop of the Mumbai terror attacks and a group of terror suspects opening fire on police team while resisting arrest in Santoshnagar on Wednesday. Almost all business establishments and educational institutions in old city, especially those around the Charminar were closed, in response to bandh calls given by Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) and other parties.

The DJS activists created commotion when they rushed out of their office in Moghalpura in the afternoon, but police whisked them away. There were allegations that the police prevented MBT workers from hoisting black flags in the old city. The DJS chief accused police of denying Muslims the right to protest by arresting them.