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B Upendran | HENB | Adilabad | May 8, 2017:: An enraged 500-strong mob resorted to heavy stone pelting outside the Utnoor police station on Saturday alleging police inaction against blasphemous remarks posted on WhatsApp against a particular religion. Ten people, including the superintendent of police, his deputy and two other police officers, were injured in the incident.
The incident took a communal turn when another group from the other community also turned up at the police station. Clashes broke out between the two groups forcing police personnel to resort to baton charge and lobbing teargas shells to bring the situation under control. The other group Section 144 was imposed in the soon after.
According to police personnel, the trouble began when a resident of Ameenpura Colony, believed to be a Muslim fruit vendor in the town uploaded an audio clip with derogatory remarks against Hindu religion on social media and WhatsApp groups on Saturday night. Activists of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal lodged a complaint at the Utnoor police station that night.
As the culprit was not arrested, the aggrieved Hindu community members approached police to file a complaint for yesterday’s tension, demanding immediate arrest and action against the culprit.
It is alleged that the members of Hindu Vahini, Hindu Utsava Samithi, VHP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena set ablaze hoardings and flexies of some shops belonging to the members of Muslims community, while returning from the Police station after staging a dharna.
Later in the Saturday night, enraged Hindu people started setting afire roadside property, protesting the delay in arresting the accused. By Sunday morning, a mob of around 500 people, led by leaders of both VHP and Bajrang Dal, gathered outside the police station and staged protests.
Adilabad SP M Srinivas, along with DSP A Laxminarayana visited the police station. They were injured in the stone pelting that followed the protests.
Special forces from Mancherial, Nirmal and Kumrambheem districts were deployed in the town.
15 check-posts have been set up.
SP calls for meetings with heads of both the communities to restore peace.
5 cases booked against both the groups in connection with damaging shops and pelting stones.
Police launches manhunt for the accused, who is at large.
Last month, a person from Adilabad was arrested for posting derogatory remarks against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
__Agencies __Courtesy: Ttv.