Arrests of MIM leaders lead to clashes in Hyderabad; Curfew imposed

November 13, 2012 by  
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Arrests of MIM leaders lead to clashes in Hyderabad. Curfew imposed.Andhra Pradesh, November 11, 2012: ‘Curfew’ like situation prevails in old Hyderabad after the news of arrest of Majlis-e-Itehadul-Muslimeen leaders, who were trying to inspect the Charminar, spread.

MIM leaders had gone on inspection over alleged expansion of Bhagya Lakshmi Mandir.

The controversial Bhagya Lakshmi Mandir, adjacent to the Charminar was allegedly expanded as part of decoration work before Deepavali.

MIM MLAs, along with party floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, when they tried to head towards Charminar for inspection was stopped at Mughalpura area and was taken into preventive detention along with four other MLAs.

Akbaruddin Owasi had a brief argument with police over their alleged ‘bias’ approach and accused them of allowing fresh construction despite AP High court order.

TCN has learnt that so far seven MIM leaders, including Akbaruddin Owaisi, another MLC, and eight municipal councilors, besides some other leaders have been detained from different parts of the old city.

Police has imposed section 144 in the old city after the incident.

Police has rounded several streets of old city and forced the business to be close down. Barricades are put around the entrance of many localities at Charminar. Residents of old city are complaining about police excess in the name of section 144.

City Police is determined to not take any opportunity before Depavali and a Maha Aarti planned at controversial Mandir by right wing Hindu groups on Monday.

Clashes in old city

Police has retorted to lathi-charge and firing tear gas shells at different parts of old city after the protesters were out on streets protesting against the arrest of MIM leaders and alleged illegal expansion of Bhagya Lakshmi temple.

In the wee hours of the morning controversial Bhagya Lakshmi temple was expanded even after the stay order from the High court disallowing any further construction of the illegal temple adjacent to Charminar.

When MIM MLAs along with Akbaruddin Owaisi was taken into custody, MIM activists were all round the city protesting against the arrests.

Stone pelting incidents are reported in several parts of old city, even as police has imposed section 144, the atmosphere is changed into a curfew like situation.

Nearly all the MIM elected representatives, except its president, are now taken into preventive custody at different police stations in the outskirts of Hyderabad.

MIM president and Hyderabad MP Assaduddin Owaisi is expected to conduct a press conference soon on the arrests of his party activists.

– tcn

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