Congress demands President's Rule

HYDERABAD Dec. 7. The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president, D. Srinivas, has demanded imposition of President's rule in the State accusing the Government of failing to control communal violence in the city and also sought a judicial probe into the incidents.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the Osmania General Hospital (OGH) on Sunday, Mr. Srinivas said the Judicial Commission should enquire into the "failure" of the Government and the police. He blamed the "inefficiency" of the police for the trouble and remarked that "how can those who could not prevent attack on the Chief Minister, can provide security to the people". It was time the Governor intervened and President's rule was imposed. He also sought ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakhs each to the kin of the dead and free treatment to the injured.

Earlier, Mr. Srinivas, accompanied by D. Nagender, MLA, D. Vittal Rao, APCC treasurer, P. L. Srinivas and Anand Kumar, secretaries, G. Niranjan, joint secretary, P. Janardhan Reddy, former CLP leader, Anjan Kumar Yadav, City Congress president, and M. Mukesh, former MLA, called on the injured persons at Osmania Hospital.

The Union Minister of State for Urban Affairs, Bandaru Dattatreya, put the blame on the Majlis-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (MIM) and Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) for the violent incidents.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the OGH, he said "people who gave a bandh call" should take the responsibility. The events that occurred clearly indicate that it was a planned attack and the judicial probe should look into these aspects. He also demanded ex gratia of Rs. 5 lakhs each to the kin of the deceased.

The Musheerabad MLA, K. Lakshman was also present.

Meanwhile, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president, K. Chandrashekhara Rao, has appealed to all sections of the people to cooperate with the authorities in restoration of peace in the troubled-torn parts of the old city.

Violence planned:CPI(M)

The Communist Party of India (Marxist), State secretary, B.V. Raghavulu, while expressing grief and shock over the death of five persons in clashes and police firing in the old city, said on Sunday that the violence appeared to be planned, with a motive to cause communal discord among the two communities.

In a statement issued here, he blamed the State Government for "failing" to detect the alleged attempts by two communities to foment trouble and prevent clashes. The intelligence wing also failed to anticipate trouble.

Mr. Raghavulu demanded stringent action to crush forces responsible for the violence. He wanted the State Government to be on guard against such forces. The CPI(M) leader appealed to the city residents to maintain peace.

CPI faults police

The CPI State Council while appealing to both communities to maintain peace and harmony faulted the police for failing to check the violence in spite of heavy deployment on December 6.

In a statement issued here on Sunday, the party demanded action against anti-social elements who were responsible for creating tension and disturbing peace. The Kishanbagh incident had opened the floodgates for rumour-mongering and the trouble escalated further, it said.

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