Situation is slowly limping back to normalcy in the trouble-torn old city of the State capital as police have temporarily lifted restrictions on vehicular traffic. However, prohibitory orders under Section 144 Cr.P.C.were being continued as a precautionary measure.
Following improvement, police have removed barricades near Shahalibanda and Charminar. Despite marked improvement in the situation, heavy police posse was posted at all vulnerable areas as a precautionary measure. CC cameras were set up in the localities and police pickets were posted at all sensitive places. Police are watching the situation closely.
Meanwhile, some 50 persons allegedly responsible for the Friday’s riots were taken into custody and were being questioned by the police. City police commissioner Anurag Sarma has said the police would shortly take a decision on permitting reopening of shops near Charminar.
It may be mentioned here that there were riots on Friday as the weekly prayers of Muslims on one side and the special pujas at the Bhagya Lakshmi temple on the other were simultaneously occurring. After Friday prayers, miscreants hurled stones at the police and media personnel too. There was tension as all attempts by the police to control the situation failed. They fired teargas lobes to disperse the mobs. Agitators damaged several vehicles of the police and the media.
One ACP was injured in the stone throwing. However, by evening police brought the situation under control. Home Minister Sabita Indra Reddy reviewed the situation in the old city with top police officers. She appealed to the people not to believe rumors that were doing the rounds. (NSS)