One killed in fresh Hyd violence; curfew in more areas
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 00:47
Hyderabad: One youth was killed and nine were injured in fresh outbreak of communal violence here on Tuesday, leading to imposition of curfew in eight more localities.

The youth was killed in clashes in the evening near Haradarwaja where two groups indulged in heavy stone-pelting. One person was stabbed in Malakpet area and his condition is said to be critical, a police officer said.

The communal clashes, which had erupted on Saturday last, have claimed two lives so far besides injuring 90 others, the officer said.

The latest round of violence led the police to impose curfew in eight more police station limits, taking the number of such localities in old Hyderabad to 25.

The new curfew-bound areas are Tappachabutra, Afzal Gunj, Kulsumpura, Shahinayat Gunj, Mangalhat, Asif Nagar, Begum Bazaar and Habib Nagar, police said.

The trouble started in Begum Bazaar, where the biggest wholesale market of the state is situated, during a rally taken out by Bajrang Dal. The situation turned ugly when the police tried to stop the procession.

The mob pelted stones at the police who fired rubber bullets and burst tear gas shells to disperse them.

At least eight persons, including two policemen, were injured in another stone-pelting incident in Musheerabad area when a group threw stones on a rally taken out on the occasion of Human Jayanthi, police said.

BJP demands judicial probe

BJP today demanded a judicial probe into the attacks on temples and burning of cows during the riots in Hyderabad alleging they were pre-meditated and unprovoked.

"More than 20 temples have been damaged in the riots... Rioters took full advantage of police laxity and attacked a famous Jain Gaushala in Shamsherjung, where they burnt alive three cows by putting grass and petrol on them," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar alleged at a news conference.

BJP wants a judicial inquiry into the "unprovoked" attacks on temples, Hindus and burning of cows in Hyderabad, he added.

"Judicial probe becomes more imperative in the background of Congress MP Madhu Yaski comment that these attacks are part of conspiracy to destabilize Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah's government," Javadekar said.

This argument has been strengthened by an admission of city police commissioner that these attacks are premeditated, Javadekar said.

"Andhra Pradesh has a history of such a premeditated communal flare-ups for settling political scores amongst Congress leaders themselves as witnessed during the regime of M. Chenna Reddy in 1990," Javadekar said.


First Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 00:47

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