Curfew clamped in Andhra town after communal clash

Communal clash started as a picture of a religious place was uploaded on a social networking site.

Written by Agencies | Sangareddy | Published: March 30, 2012 8:11 pm

A curfew has been imposed in Sangareddy town in Medak district today,following a communal clash which started after a picture of a religious place was uploaded on a social networking site.

Trouble started after Pavan Kumar Muddiraj allegedly uploaded photo of a religious place.

A complaint was lodged last night,saying that the photo and its caption hurt religious feelings.

As the news spread,scores of others gathered at the police station around mid-night and resorted to demonstration and road-blockade demanding immediate arrest of the man.

There was also a confrontation between members of the two communities near Government Junior College,which led to stone-pelting. Vehicles were set ablaze,before police could intervene and run off the mobs.

Stone-pelting took place this morning too,in which shops and vehicles were damaged,even as authorities imposed curfew. “The situation has calmed down and is under control and peaceful,” a senior police officer said,adding that efforts to arrest Muddiraj were on.

Andhra Pradesh Home Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy reviewed the situation at a meeting with senior police officers in Hyderabad.

Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister C Damodhar Raja Narasimha and local MLA,T Jaya Prakash Reddy visited the town.

Medak Collector Suresh Kumar held a meeting of peace committee and appealed for peace.

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