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‘Black Day’ peaceful in old Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Wednesday, which was observed as ‘Black Day’ by some political parties and organisations in the wake of the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, passed off peacefully. Apart from a protest rally at Dabeerpura, there were no major incidents either, police said.

About 3,500 police personnel including civil police and one party of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) were deployed in the old city as part of the bandobast. About 60 important sensitive locations were identified, including 15 ‘very hyper’ and ‘prone’ areas, where police pickets were posted.

City Police Commissioner VV Srinivasa Rao had earlier issued an order prohibiting rallies, protests and public gatherings in the city.

Earlier in the day, the roads leading to Charminar lay deserted with all shops in the region remaining closed. Except for locals and residents of nearby colonies, there were not many visitors to the area, with Charminar and the entire old city remaining under strict police surveillance.

“There are prohibitory orders in the city against rallies and protests. So we did not allow such groups and at the same time we ensured that there was no inconvenience caused to the locals due to the restrictions,� said V Satyanarayana, DCP, South Zone.

Around 2 pm, Darsgah Jihad-O-Shahadat (DJS ) activists took out a protest rally from Darulshifa chaurasta. The police restrained them from proceeding and took about 33 DJS activists into preventive custody including the outfit’s president M A Majid and secretary Salah Uddin Affan. They were released later.

“As there were prohibitory orders in place and they violated them, they were taken into preventive custody. They were released later. Apart from the protest, there was no untoward incident occurred in the old city,� said Mohammed Ghouse Mohiuddin, Additional DCP, South Zone.

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