Hyderabad: Police here on Friday arrested four members of majority community for allegedly placing pieces of meat at a temple at Kurmaguda that triggered communal violence in some areas of old city on April 8.
The SIT of Hyderabad Police arrested Nagaraj, a sanitation supervisor, Kiran Kumar, Ramesh and Dayanand Singh, who under the influence of liquor allegedly planted cow leg pieces and also sprinkled green color on the temple premises on the intervening night of April 7-8 to throw blame on the members of Muslim community, a senior police officer said.
Subsequently, several incidents of violence took place in the communally sensitive areas of old city with members of two communities clashing and indulging in stabbing and heavy stone-pelting, prompting authorities to clamp indefinite curfew under Saidabad and Madannapet police station limits for almost a week.
Even as the curfew was in force, similar incidents were reported where pieces of meat were found lying on the premises of places of worship in Kachiguda and Moghalpura.
According to the senior SIT official, the four accused have given confession and investigation has established that one Srinivas alias Salman Srinu, a private money lender and Niranjan, partner in a wine shop, decided to erupt tension between the two communities in Kurmaguda.
It was Srinivas and Niranjan, who are absconding hatched a conspiracy and instigated Nagaraj, Kiran Kumar, Ramesh and Dayanand Singh to create communal hatred, the police officer said.
The SIT has so far arrested 23 persons in connection with violent incidents.