Telengana: Tension prevailed in Mahbubnagar, Section 144 imposed, 20 arrested after arsoning

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Clashes broke between two communities after loud DJ was being played during Ganesh immersion procession infront of mosque and some miscreants started pouring colours and pelted stones at the mosque in Utkoor Mandal, Mahbubnagar District.

Mahbubnagar: Section 144 was imposed in Utkoor Mandal of Mahbubnagar District, Telangana on Sunday after the incident of stone pelting by the crowd during Ganesha immersion on the Jama Masjid was reported.

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According to Minority Muslim foundation Jabbar Bin Syed, Utkoor was a sensitive area but authorities failed to make adequate security arrangements and gave the crowd undue freedom. The crowd stopped in front of the Jama Masjid playing loud music during prayer times, did stone pelting and damaged vehicles. Mr Jabbar alleged that the aim of the crowd was to instigate the local Muslims who showed great restrain.

One of the victim from stone pelting who was shifted to local hospital

After the midday prayers police tried to divert the crowd which refused to move from the masjid area. Locals reported that stone pelting was done on muslim houses, small hotels and vehicles were badly damaged. During the stone pelting the glasses and doors of the masjid were damaged while the police failed to control the crowd. The crowd tried to forcefully enter the house of Nasirkhan and in the process injured his wife who was later shifted to hospital. The crowd specifically targeted Muslim properties and tried to create panic and terrorise the minorities, said Jabbar Bin Syed. The situation soon became tense and volatile, additional forces had to be deployed to control the crowd .

The members of Minority Muslim foundation apprised AIMIM Chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi who personally spoke to the superintendent of Police and collector of Mahbubnagar.

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The injured were shifted to SVS hospital and AIMIM District President Abdul Hadi with his team visited the hospital to meet the injured . The local leaders also demanded compensation from government to cover the loss caused by the stone pelting. Superintendent Police of Mahbubnagar Kamaleshwar Singanavar said that at least 20 miscreants have been arrested and he is personally monitoring the situation. He also said that additional forces are deployed in the affected area to maintain law and order. SP requested people not to spread rumours and create panic among the locals. After section 144 was imposed the idol immersion was carried out in the local pond and crowd was dispersed .

The local Muslim leaders have also appealed for peace and restrain from spreading rumours.

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