Though Friday was incident free, tension simmered in the Old City even as Hyderabad police commissioner A K Khan accused a section of the media of labeling regular crime as “communal attacks”.
On Thursday, the Old City woke up to the smouldering remains of two bikes set ablaze while parked in front of their owners’ houses in the narrow lanes of Choodi Bazaar under Shahinayatgunj police limits. A police team that was rushed to the spot quickly doused any further fury from flaring up.
A case was booked under IPC Section 435 (mischief by fire) based on a complaint by the bike owners – Naveen Kumar, a bank employee, and Santosh, a cargo firm worker. While 10 men have been taken into custody for questioning, cops are yet to identify the real culprits. Cops have also not been able to identify those involved in Tuesday’s attack on Avinash, an 18-year-old aspiring athlete, at Rethibowli.
Avinash was on his way to the LB Stadium on his bike for a work-out when he was hit with an iron rod by miscreants. Similarly, police are yet to zero in on the culprits in the attack at Jangammet this week. Intermediate student Sheheriyar Khan was hit by three bike-borne men. Khan is Dabeerpura MIM corporator Shaik Shakeel Mahmood’s nephew.
“Initially we thought the attack was communal, but preliminary probe reveals it could be an act of mischief,” said a cop from Chatrinaka.
The police have maintained that none of these acts was communal in nature.” The bylanes near Yadav Bhavan hotel of Chudi Bazaar where the bikes were set ablaze are dominated by one community and people from other communities are unlikely to look for trouble there. We are looking into other possible motives, including political ones. Once the main accused gets caught, everything will fall in place,” said an investigating officer.
City police commissioner Khan, meanwhile, blasted a section of the media for giving the attacks a communal colour. Addressing the media on Friday, Khan, while saying that everything was under control in the city, pointed out that the cops would remain on high alert till Dec 6. “Some sporadic incidents of violence have occurred but the situation is not alarming,” Khan said.
On Friday, a 60-member Central Peace Committee delegation led by Mohammed Ghulam Sadiquddin also met DGP V Dinesh Reddy. The committee assured the DGP that they would work with the police in maintaining communal harmony in the city.TOI