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Hyderabad riot pre-meditated: Top cop
Hyderabad, Mar 31 (Agencies)
Published on 1 Apr. 2010 12:38 AM IST
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There was a premeditated plan to create communal trouble in Hyderabad, Police Commissioner A K Khan has told NDTV.
The toll in the violence since Saturday rose to two when a youth was stabbed to death in the Karwan area on Tuesday. The communal clashes, which broke out Saturday following a dispute over religious flags, have also left over 150 people injured.
Hyderabad’s usually crowded Old City wears a haunted look. With curfew continuing in 17 police station areas, the calm is uneasy in this riot-hit part of the Andhra Pradesh Capital. Eight police station areas in the new city are also under curfew. A total of 25 police station areas in Hyderabad. (In Pics: Where is the hustle bustle of Hyderabad?)
A.K. Khan said curfew would be relaxed for two hours in old city on Thursday morning if there was no untoward incident tonight. So far, 180 suspects have been picked up for interrogation.
The police chief also said no processions, public meetings or dharnas would be allowed in Hyderabad till there was complete peace.
Incidents of violence continued till late on Tuesday even after eight more police station areas were brought under curfew following clashes in new city localities.
Apart from the youth killed, dozens, including three police officers, were injured in clashes and stone pelting since Tuesday evening. Among them, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Ravi Verma, who was injured on Tuesday night in stone pelting by miscreants at Seetarambagh in Asifnagar.
There was also large-scale violence during a Hanuman Jayanti processions in Musheerabad, Bholakpur, Mangal Hat and other areas. Rioters attacked houses and set afire dozens of vehicles.
The police decision to allow the processions in several areas despite prohibitory orders in the city on Tuesday has come under criticism from various sections of people.
About 5000 security personnel are posted in the Old City alone to prevent miscreants from creating trouble. Getting about this part of town is extremely difficult, with some people who live here having been stranded in the new city for as long three days.
There are tight barricades and only people who have been issued passes by the police can move in the curfew-bound areas. Police and paramilitary forces are keeping a tight vigil in all curfew-bound areas and strictly enforcing restrictions to avert any untoward incident.
With more areas coming under curfew, authorities have postponed Class 10 examinations for Wednesday and Thursday at 410 centres in curfew-bound areas. The Osmania University has also postponed its degree examinations.
As Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station, the biggest bus station in the city, has also come under curfew, the state-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) has shifted bus operations to other areas. (With IANS inputs)

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