Hyderabad :  Uneasy calm prevailed in violence-hit areas of Kishanbagh in the Old city where curfew continued to be in force on Thursday even as the State Governor ordered a magisterial inquiry into the police firing that left three people dead.

Police rounded up about 50 people for questioning in connection with Wednesday’s rioting in Sikh Chavani and Arsh Mahal areas sparked by alleged burning of a religious flag, leading to the clamping of curfew under Rajendranagar police station limits.

Seventeen people, including policemen, were injured after members of two communities indulged in stone pelting and arson in parts of the two areas.

“Ten cases have been booked under relevant sections of IPC and Arms Act. The curfew will be in force till 10am on Saturday. Situation is peaceful and under control. No untoward incident has been reported today,” Cyberabad Joint Commissioner of Police Y Gangadhar said.

Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan, who reviewed the situation with senior cops, also announced sanctioning of an ex-gratia of Rs 6 lakh each to the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to those injured, besides medical treatment free of charge to them.

He said compensation should be paid to the victims, who lost property in the clashes, according to the norms.

A section of the affected people demanded erection of a boundary wall between the two areas while people on the other side sought setting up of a permanent police picket in their area to address safety concerns.

Centre issues alert

Concerned over the recent communal tension in Hyderabad and Meerut, the Centre on Thursday asked all states to remain alert and take steps to foil any attempt by anyone to instigate riots.

In an advisory, the Home Ministry asked the states to deploy adequate security forces and ensure peace and communal harmony in all sensitive places.

“We have sent a general advisory to all states. Incidents in Hyderabad and Meerut ought not to have happened in the first place at all,” Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami said.

The Home Ministry directive came a day before the results of the general elections. Uttar Pradesh government has already banned victory procession to prevent any law and order crisis.

In a similar step, the Assam government has decided not to allow victory processions in 11 sensitive districts of the state and announced strict enforcement of prohibitory orders. The Home Ministry has asked states to keep strict vigil near religious places, markets, railway stations, airports, markets and other crowded places.                       — PTI

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