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Curfew in Old City areas of Hyderabad after clashes

Hyderabad(PTI): An indefinite curfew was today imposed in the sensitive Madannapet and Saidabad areas of the walled city following incidents of stabbing and heavy stone-pelting, police said.

The incidents were reported from the Madannapet and Saidabad areas of the Old City here. Additional forces have been deployed there, a senior police official said.

Curfew has been clamped till further orders in the areas under Madannapet and Saidabad police station limits, Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan said, adding police have picked up two persons for questioning.

Trouble broke out around 7 AM today after locals reportedly found “meat” lying near a religious place in Kurumaguda that “provoked” members of a particular community, police said. Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the mobs. “Miscreants also pelted stones at buses and set at least two vehicles on fire. Two incidents of stabbing have also been reported,” the police official said.

“The situation is now under control. We have posted pickets and preventive measures are in place,” he added. “We are keeping strict watch in the sensitive areas,” Khan told reporters, appealing to people to cooperate with police and not believe in rumours.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy directed Director General of Police, Dinesh Reddy, and other senior officials to take stringent action against the miscreants responsible for the incidents.

The Chief Minister reviewed the situation by talking to top officials, official sources said.

Meanwhile, former union minister and BJP leader Bandaru Dattatreya condemned the incident and alleged that Kiran Kumar Reddy government has “failed” to maintain law and order situation in the state.

Demanding stern action against those responsible for communal violence here, Dattatreya alleged that some areas from where communal disturbances are reported today have been known for activities of ISI. But, city police have become inactive and not taken any steps in this regard.

Arson and rioting reported in Sangareddy town last week should be an eye-opener to the state government and stringent action must be taken against the culprits, he added.

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