Hyderabad: Though alleged militant Viquaruddin Ahmed alias Viquar is behind bars, the Hyderabad police will remain on high alert in view of the Mecca masjid blast anniversary on May 18. Police suspect that even though the militant and his associates have been incarcerated, there might be trouble as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe has exposed the role of Hindu fundamentalist groups in the attack.
Talking to the media at an health camp organised for police personnel at the Goshamahal police stadium, Hyderabad police commissioner A K Khan said that adequate bandobust arrangements would be made in this regard.
On two consecutive anniversaries since 2008, Viquaruddin had targeted policemen on bandobust in broad daylight. Viquar was finally arrested along with his associates in July 2010 and since is lodged at the Cherlapally jail.
However, trouble for police is not over yet as the upcoming anniversary is the first one after it became known that Hindu fundamentalist groups were responsible for the terror attack at the historic mosque.
Police are anticipating trouble from some radical Muslim outfits and individuals on May 18. The Central intelligence agencies have also alerted the city police to stay on high alert.
According to an inspector in Charminar division, they were asked to step up vigil at all places of worship in their jurisdiction. Police pickets would be set up in communally-sensitive areas in south and west zone.
Meanwhile, A K Khan has said that after the attack on MIM MLA, a crackdown has begun against history-sheeters and misuse of fire arms. “We have arrested 11 gangs and three history-sheeters have been externed from the city for a period of six months,” Khan added.
Police have also begun collecting details of all the licensed weapon holders and 20 private arms dealers in the city. TOI