ANDHRA PRADESH

Police dash to timely defence

HYDERABAD DEC. 4. While the Cyberabad police were struggling to tackle the first large-scale communal violence in their jurisdiction at Kishanbagh, it was their counterparts in Hyderabad who firmly stood by their side.

Men and officers from all areas of Hyderabad, as far as North Zone, landed up at Kishanbagh soon after news about the trouble reached them. Deputy Commissioners of Police (South, East, Central and Special Branch), the Additional Commissioner (Coordination) of Police, A.K. Khan, reached the spot and took stock of the situation.

Breaking the barriers of jurisdiction, the DCP (South), Harish Kumar Guptha, went to the Arsha Mahal locality, called elders of the community and pacified the warring groups. While the Rajendranagar police, under whose jurisdiction the trouble-torn area fell, found it difficult to identify sensitive places to post men, the Hyderabad police officials took initiative and deployed men and officers at strategic points.

By afternoon tension escalated. Sensing that school children might face problems in returning to their houses, the Charminar ACP, K. Venkat Reddy, directed his men to drop children at their respective localities in police vehicles. They also helped women and old people, who were frightened over rumours relating to violence, in reaching their houses.

While the Charminar Inspector, Ramchandran, accompanied the Cyberabad Police Commissioner, M. Mahender Reddy, throughout the day, the DCP (Special Branch), Jayarami Reddy, and the Additional DCP, N. Shivashankar Reddy (Task Force), camped near Arsha Mahal till the body of the victim, Afzal, was laid to rest.

When the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen MLA, Asaduddin Owaisi, was about to leave after consoling the victims, Mr. A.K. Khan persuaded him to extend cooperation to the Cyberabad police by remaining at the place till Afzal's body was laid to rest. Responding to their request, Mr. Owaisi repeatedly appealed to the youth not to indulge in violence saying "violence in response to violence is not our culture and we'll agitate to ensure punishment to the culprits."

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