Curfew continues in saidabad, Madannapet, situation peaceful
Even as the indefinite curfew in Saidabad and Madannapet police station limits continued for the second day today following the outbreak of communal violence yesterday, the situation was by and large peaceful. Police said about 12 cases have been registered in the Madannapet communal incidents and special teams were on the job to track persons responsible for triggering the communal clashes by throwing an animal carcass on the premises of a religious place. Hyderabad City Police Commissioner A K Khan told mediapersons here that students appearing for the SSC and degree examinations were exempted from the curfew clampled in the jurisdiction of Madannapet and Saidabad police stations as the examinations were being held as scheduled. He said students should produce hall tickets to enter or exit from the areas while an attendant was allowed with the SSC student and degree students should come alone. Teachers and investigation staff must carry identity cards for exemption from the curfew, he said. Police protection was beefed up to ensure that the SSC and Degree students attending the examinations didn’t face any problems from the trouble mongers. Mr Khan said five persons responsible for the two knife attacks in Saidabad had been identified. About 70 persons were picked up in connection with the violence incidents in different parts of the city. Atleast 15 persons were injured in attacks, stone pelting and knifing incidents reports from Saidabad, Madannapet, Champapet, Hari Bowli, Talab Katta and neighbouring localities besides two-wheelers were set ablaze following clashes between two groups. Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) buses numbering about 18 bore the burnt of the mob fury as the buses were damaged in stone-pelting incidents. The police Commissioner also said about 50-60 persons were identified for indulging in violence incidents and the police would take stern action against them. He said the injured persons were admitted in Osmania, Gandhi Government Hospitals and also in Apollo and Yashoda Corporate hospitals. Police also used force to quell riotous mobs after lobbing of teargas shells proved ineffective. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy last night appealed for restraint and claimedl that the situation was under Control. Mr Reddy reviewed the situation with Home Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy and DGP V Dinesh Reddy. The police department was expected to review the situation later in the day and was likely to take a decision on relaxation of curfew depending on the situation, sources said.