Tension in Hyderabad On Babri Masjid Anniversary

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The usually busy streets leading to the iconic Charminar wear a deserted look on Friday. Security forces were deployed in the sensitive areas of Old City.--Image courtesy Deccan Chronicle
The usually busy streets leading to the iconic Charminar wear a deserted look on Friday. Security forces were deployed in the sensitive areas of Old City.–Image courtesy Deccan Chronicle

HYDERABAD, Dec 6 (twocircles.net) — Mild tension prevailed in the old city of Hyderabad today on 21st anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition after a group of protesters resorted to stone pelting after Friday prayers at Mecca Masjid.

Huge Rapid Action Force arrangements were made in the city after a bandh call was given by the United Muslim Action Front (umbrella organization of Muslim religious and political groups) to mark December 6 as a black day.

Tension started near Mecca Masjid at Charminar when some youth after Friday prayers started slogan shouting. When peace committee activists who were acting as vigilantes outside the mosque tried to stop those youth a brawl erupted and stone pelting from different narrow bylanes started.

But soon situation was brought under control with additional police force being deployed in the area. Seven people including a police constable are injured in the clashes.

Whole incident got an interesting twist when a Rajasthani man named Vijay Kumar was caught and beaten up by the locals. Vijay Kumar who was sporting a black shirt and wearing a silver chain with name ‘Allah’, was actively participating in the stone pelting and often instigated other youngsters to do the same, locals alleged.

Local MIM councilor Mohammed Ghouse who was present at the spot handed over Vijay Kumar to on duty police inspector, but before that Vijay Kumar was badly beaten up by the irate mob.

MIM general secretary Ahmed Pasha Quadri along with Mohammed Ghouse filed a written complaint at Moghalpura police station, terming stone pelting incident a conspiracy to deviate peaceful environment of Hyderabad.

Ahmed Pasha demanded a thorough inquiry about Vijay Kumar and his background, MIM in their complaint stated that Mecca Masjid since long has been a target of Hindutva forces.

Apart from Charminar, other parts of the city remained peaceful. Some arrests were also made when Muslim organizations tried to stage protests. Section 144 imposed by the police some days ago continues to be in force.

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