ANDHRA PRADESH

Old city bandh partial, peaceful

In solidarity: Leaders of the ‘Grand Alliance’ parties take out a rally in the city on Saturday protesting the assault on the editor of Siasat Zahed Ali Khan.

In solidarity: Leaders of the ‘Grand Alliance’ parties take out a rally in the city on Saturday protesting the assault on the editor of Siasat Zahed Ali Khan.   | Photo Credit: -Photo: Mohd.Yousuf

Staff Reporter

Police register a case of attempt to murder against two MIM MLAs

HYDERABAD: The bandh observed in the old city on Saturday protesting the attack on the editor and two reporters of Siasat daily the previous night allegedly by the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen was partial and peaceful.

The Hussainialam police registered a case of attempt to murder under section 307 of Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the Arms Act against MIM MLAs, Akbaruddin Owaisi and Mumtaz Khan, and some of their party workers. Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons), 324 (assault) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC were also invoked. No arrests were made yet.

RTC buses plied normally, schools, petrol bunks and theatres functioned and no untoward incident was reported anywhere. Shops, hotels and business establishments remained closed in many areas till noon but slowly all opened, and by 2 p.m. it was business as usual and the markets got crowded with people. The bandh call was given by the Left and Telugu Desam parties following the attack on the editor and two reporters of Siasat daily when they went to attend a marriage in Shahalibanda. Protestors took out a rally from Charminar to Kotla Aleja via Gulzar House and Itebar chowk. Former Minister, K. Vijaya Rama Rao and MLC Masqati of TDP and CPI (M) Rajya Sabha member, P. Madhu, took part in the rally and called upon people to condemn the MIM leaders’ alleged high-handed behaviour.

The Siasat editor, Zahed Ali Khan, reporters, Atheir Moin and Mubisshir Qurram, were admitted in Care Hospital’s M.J. Market unit. Doctors said they were recuperating.

The Andhra Pradesh Working Journalists Federation (A.P.W.J.F.) condemned the attack on the media persons and urged the Government to arrest the two MIM MLAs responsible for the attack. The CPI (M) State Committee charged that it had become routine for the MIM party to attack individuals working for the cause of people. It appealed to the Government to ensure that police act unbiased in the case and arrest the culprits at the earliest.

Condemns attack

Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists (APUWJ) on Saturday conducted a rally at Babu Jagjivan Ram statue here in protest against the attack on Siasat editor Zahed Ali Khan and two other journalists allegedly by MIM activists.

The APUWJ general secretary Y. Narendar Reddy in a statement condemned the attack and said it was unfortunate that a marriage function of a journalist was converted into a ground for political feuding and clashes leading to attack on Siasat Editor Zahed Ali Khan.

Meanwhile, the State Council of Communist Party of India condemning the attack said it was an attack on journalism and the freedom of press. CPI Deputy Secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy discussed the issue with Home Minister K. Jana Reddy and urged him to arrest the culprits and provide security to Mr. Zahed Ali Khan, said a press release.

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