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After that the armed Sikhs attacked Muslim houses in Sikh Chowni and set ablaze properties. Muslims from neighbouring areas started to assemble after news of attacks started to spread which led to stone pelting between both communities.
Seeing the situation going more violent and out of control, police firing was necessary to control the situation but he claimed that orders were given to fire in the air. A police official in charge told reporters, “Around 6.30 am, a group assembled and attacked people. As both groups, armed with swords clashed, we ordered BSF to fire in the air. Those who were at some height from the ground level were hit. Three people have died in the firing. The injured are stable, firing in the air was necessary to bring the situation under control.”
As a matter of fact the communal tension was sparked widely in and around old city of Hyderabad, when the Hindus of Hyderabad started retaliation after being irritated after hearing the news of humiliation of Sikh brothers mostly located at Kishanbagh and sikh Chowni areas. All on a sudden the Muslim rioters were put under a severe pressure created by the joint Hindu-Sikh anti Mujaheddin action force.
For the fourth consecutive day, curfew is in force under the Rajendranagar police station limits even as the police reportedly took into custody at least 30 persons in connection with the violence. Five cases were registered. Meanwhile, governor ESL Narasimhan ordered a magisterial enquiry into the police firing that left three persons dead.
Out of these 30 persons, 23 are from Sikh friends so far. The accused who were arrested on Thursday are: Dayal Singh (54), Nanak Singh (41), Jaswanth Singh (64), Charan Singh (41), Maninder Singh (17), Havinder Singh (18), Hari Dayal Singh (24), Tharanjith Singh (21), Sukbinder Singh (23), Sathpal Singh (25), Jithender Singh (25), Manpreeth Singh (27), Govind Singh (16), Ranjith Singh (14), Gurmith Singh (15), Devender Singh (28), Maninder Singh (15), Rajbeer Singh (28), Ranjith Singh (28), Narendra Singh, Bachan Singh (50), Babun Singh (32) and Haribajan Singh (16). All are residents of Sikh Chavni. They have been remanded to judicial custody.
Though the curfew was declared to be in force till 10 a.m. on Saturday, the same has been extended upto Sunday. For three hours in the morning it was lifted for the help of public utilities. Situation is not so peaceful and may be under control, if the police does not chase the miscreants in a though hand. However, security has further been tightened in and around the old city upto next Friday.
On the other hand, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Thursday condemned the burning of a religious flag in a Gurdwara premises in Kishanbagh area in Hyderabad on Wednesday and urged the Andhra Pradesh government to take stern action against the accused.
The Shiromani Akali Dal president, in a statement, said he had requested Delhi Sikh Gurdwara managing committee president Manjit Singh GK to lead a delegation to the Gurdwara site in Hyderabad immediately to conduct an investigation into the shocking incident.
He said the DSGMC president would also interact with the Sikh community during his visit to Hyderabad and assure them that the SAD would not only stand by them but also work to punish the perpetrators of the act.
The SAD president also requested the AP government to take strong and decisive action in the case besides taking steps to safeguard all Gurdwara premises in the state.
He requested the AP government to ensure the safety of the life and property of the Sikhs living there.
Input from PTI, TNN, AP, AFP, Newswala and Agencies.