Flag burning sparks rioting; 17 injured

Three persons were killed today in police firing following communal clashes sparked by alleged burning of a religious flag by some persons in Kishanbagh area of the Old City of Hyderabad.

Police clamped indefinite curfew under Rajendranagar police station limits after the clashes, which left 17 people, including 10 police personnel, injured in heavy stone pelting.

Trouble broke out after members of a community noticed that a religious flag was burnt at a flag-post in an open ground near a hillock, police said.

As the news spread, people assembled in large numbers and some youths entered the nearby locality of another community and allegedly started attacking their houses and vehicles. Some parts of the area also reported arson even as police intervened and dispersed them, they said. After some time, hundreds of members belonging to both communities gathered and pelted one another with stones and some police personnel, who tried to stop them, sustained injuries, a senior police official said. Police opened fire to bring the situation under control and in the process, at least three persons suffered bullet wounds and succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment at a hospital. “Around 1,000 members from both sides indulged in clashes. As lathi-charge proved ineffective, police warned the clashing groups and opened fire. Curfew has been imposed indefinitely and section 144 CrPC clamped in Rajendranagar police station area under Cyberabad Commissionerate here following the incident,” the official said. “The situation is tense but under control. The injured have been admitted to different hospitals,” he said.

(This article was published on May 14, 2014)
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