Hyderabad still tense after communal clashes
Tension in Hyderabad continued Monday following overnight clashes in the communally sensitive old part of the city and attacks on places of worship in several areas.
Additional forces, including paramilitary forces, were rushed to the city to bring the situation under control following incidents of violence since Saturday night that have left 60 people injured.
Incidents of stabbing, arson, stone pelting, attacks on places of worship, shops and vehicles were reported from over a dozen areas well past midnight Sunday. Police opened fire in the air, used teargas shells and batons to bring the situation under control.
Home Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy, however, who visited the old city Monday morning, told the state assembly that the situation was now under control.
Director General of Police Girish Kumar, who visited the troubled areas late Sunday, said adequate forces were being deployed to bring the situation under control.
Police have imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the criminal procedure code banning assembly of five or more people in the old city and some communally sensitive areas of the new city.