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Muslim- Sikh Clashes: 3 killed in Hyderabad police firing; curfew imposed

   

Tension grips old city as three killed in BSF firing at Kishanbagh

Those killed in BSF firing
May 14

by: B.S.Goraya


kishan bagh 2Three persons were killed in BSF firing after miscreants from a minority community attacked the houses of another minority community over alleged desecration of a religious symbol at Kishanbagh, Bahadurpura area in old city of Hyderabad this morning.

Armed with swords and sharp edged weapons a mob attacked the houses and burned several of them injuring at least eight persons after reports that a sacred flag (Nishan Sahib) was burned at Sikh chawni, sources told shajiullahfirasat.com.

It was learned that at least four houses were burned by the rioters as the police looked on.

At least 10 private vehicles were burnt in the violence while a video camera mounted vehicle of the Cyberabad Police was attacked even as police struggled to contain the clash which broke out around 5 a.m.

As per some reports the number of injured is about 20.

The injured were shifted in various hospitals of the city.

One injured is said to be in critical state.

Two policemen were injured in the violence

The BSF men resorted to fire unprovoked in a bid to control the situation killing three persons, sources said.

It was alleged that the miscreants attacked  members of minority community with lethal weapons in presence of policemen.

Two of the deceased persons are identified as Shujauddin Khateeb an electrician and Farid a driver by profession who married just one and half month ago.

The identity of the third deceased who was shifted to Gandhi hospital is being ascertained.

Several persons were taken into custody in connection with the incidents of rioting, attacks and arson, said sources.

Soon tension gripped several others areas also as the rumors spread.

Large number of security forces have been deployed, including three companies of rapid action force (RAF), two companies of Andhra Pradesh Special Police, in addition to city police personnel, in the troubled areas.

Prohibitory orders under section 144 enforced in the affected and adjoining areas as a precautionary measure, they said.

Indefinite curfew was imposed in Rajendranagar police station area under Cyberabad Commissionerate in Hyderabad.

MIM President Asaduddin Owaisi demanded arrest of the BSF Jawans who opened fire. He asked the government to set up a probe by a sitting High Court judge into the incident.

Owaisi met Governor’s advisor Salahuddin and demanded stern action against erring jawans.

He also met relatives of the deceased and expressed deep condolences over the killings.

MIM leaders including party general secretary Ahmed Pasha Quadri visited the sport and Osmania hospital where some injured are being treated.

Quadri represented higher officials and demanded stern action against the culprits who attacked members of Muslim community.

The situation is stated to be under control now.

Meanwhile Hyderabad police commissioner Anurag Sharma visited the affected areas and took stock of the situation.

A joint commissioner of police is among the persons injured in stone pelting, Sharma said speaking to newsmen during his visit.

Governor ESL Narasimhan has reviewed the situation and directed officials to ensure that the incident don’t lead to repercussion in other areas of the city, CP said.

We have increased the patrolling in other areas too, he said adding that peace and tranquility prevailed in the city.

Cyberabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand and top officials of Hyderabad Police arrived at the spot and reviewed the situation. Contingents of armed police and paramilitary forces, which were brought to the city for election security, were rushed to the area.

Firing by the BSF jawans was a mistake, admits commissioner cyberabad.

Police forced shopkeepers in the other areas of old city also to shut their shops as a precautionary measure.

Meanwhile a MIM delegation led by MLC Aminul Hassan Jaffery represented AP state human rights commission and demanded judicial probe into police firing on innocent youths.

Who ordered BSF men to fire in on innocent people, questioned MIM delegation.

Meanwhile a large number of people attended the the Namaz e janaza and tadfeen of the deceased late tonight amid tight security.

The incident occurred two days before the all important counting of votes in LS and Assembly polls on Friday.

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Muslim- Sikh Clashes: 3 killed in Hyderabad police firing; curfew imposed


Trouble broke out near Sikh Chawni near Bahadurpura, adjacent to the Old City, after miscreants burnt a religious flag

Indefinite curfew was imposed in Rajendranagar police station area under Cyberabad Commissionerate in Hyderabad on Wednesday, following communal clashes and death of three persons in police firing.

Trouble broke out near Sikh Chawni near Bahadurpura, adjacent to the Old City, after miscreants burnt a religious flag in the early hours of Wednesday. Tension gripped the area as members of a community attacked two youths blaming them for the flag burning incident.

Attacks on houses followed while arson was reported in some parts of the area. Cyberabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand and top officials of Hyderabad Police arrived at the spot and reviewed the situation. Contingents of armed police and paramilitary forces, which were brought to the city for election security, were rushed to the area.

The situation was tense but under control, police officials told The Hindu. Patrolling has been stepped up in other sensitive areas of the Old City as rumours about violence and group clashes spread.

Hyderabad police too deployed armed pickets at strategic points in the Old City to ensure clashes didn’t spread to other areas.

Three killed in police firing

Earlier, three people were killed when police opened fire to control mobs going on a rampage near Kishanbagh in the outskirts of the Old City.

At least 10 private vehicles were burnt in the violence while a video camera mounted vehicle of the Cyberabad Police was attacked even as police struggled to contain the clash which broke out around 5 a.m. Cyberabad Police Joint Commissioner Gangadhar was pelted with stones as he headed police teams moving in the area.

Tension escalated in other parts of Old City as unconfirmed reports said that a youngster was attacked. Even as he was shifted to hospital, heavy stone pelting from both communities continued in the area.

Despite presence of police forces, the two groups started attacking properties. After lobbing tear gas shells, police opened fire on a mob resulting in the death of three persons who are yet to be identified.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/3-killed-in-hyderabad-police-firing-curfew-imposed/article6007981.ece?homepage=true
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From another source:

Curfew like Situation in Old city after Clash in Kishanbagh


Hyderabad, May 14:

The situation in the old city of Hyderabad continued to be tense. A curfew-like situation prevailed in Old city after Clashes between Sikh Muslim on Wednesday morning.

"At least two are dead in the incidents. We are awaiting the autopsy report (to know whether they are killed in firing or in clashes)...but there has been police firing, there is no doubt about that," Andhra Pradesh Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) V S K Kaumudi told PTI.

Large number of security forces have been deployed, including three companies of rapid action force (RAF), two companies of Andhra Pradesh Special Police, in addition to city police personnel, in the troubled areas, Kaumudi said.

City Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma told reporters: "There was an incident of rioting between two groups and right now the situation is totally under control. We are ensuring that it does not have any other and further repercussions," he said.

"We are ensuring that there is peace and tranquillity in the city. Patrolling vehicles are on the move to maintain law and order. We will ensure that no (such) further incidents take place," he said.

Tension gripped parts of Old City here following clashes between the two communities following which additional forces were rushed there.

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/curfew-situation-old-city-after-clash-kishanbagh


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