At least three persons including two policemen were injured when the Bharatiya Janata Party activists hurled stones after their attempt to barge into the Hyderabad Police Commissionerate at Basheerbagh was foiled by the police.
Hundreds of BJP activists led by state-unit president G Kishan Reddy gathered at the City Police Commissioner at Basheerbagh on Tuesday to protest against the arrest of members of its affiliated organisations by the City Police. They raised slogans against the City Police whom they alleged was registering false cases against the BJP activists at the instance of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen.
Some BJP activists also tried to barge into the commissioner office and started hurling stones when the police personnel prevented them from proceeding further. Several activists were taken into custody and were shifted to a nearby police station.
Addressing the workers, Kishan Reddy accused the police of booking false cases against the BJP activists at the behest of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen. Warning the State Government of serious consequences if it do not stop harassment, he demanded immediate and unconditional release of all the activists and withdrawal of cases booked against them.
Kishan Reddy condemned the Congress party for following the dictat of MIM in the transfer of police officials and in foisting cases on members of its affiliated organisations. When the police tried to arrest Kishan Reddy, heated argument took place between police and BJP activists.
Irked over the arrest of Kishan Reddy, the activists hurled stones on police. In the melee, a police sub-inspector M Satyanarayana and a constable Vallabhaneni suffered minor injuries. A reporter of a television channel was also injured in the incident.
Senior BJP leader Bhandaru Dattatreya, city unit president Venkatreddy and other leaders took part in the dharna. The traffic on the road remained disrupted for more than two hours. (INN)
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