The police commissioner believes the recent communal tension could be the handiwork of an outsider gang and police are stepping up security.
City police are vexed at the growing number of communal clashes in the Old City of late. police commissioner Anurag Sharma said a gang or gangs from outside are believed to be behind most of the troubles lately and the police were trying to identify them.
“A mischievous gang seems to be active in the City to create panic. Preliminary investigation throws light that no local persons are interested in kicking up a communal clash. The violence last night in Ziaguda and Sabzimandi is a sequel to the deliberate attempt to disturb communal amity in the City,”he said.
Trouble erupted last night in Sabzimandi and Ziaguda after a religious flag was burnt, which is said to be a retaliatory act of a similar incident that happened two days ago. Soon two communities came face to face and violence broke out and arson took place. Some 10 shops were set ablaze in Ziaguda and two places of worship were attacked. Soon police imposed prohibitory orders.
The commissioner told Postnoon that detectives were at work to trace those responsible for the violence and pickets have been set up outside important places of worship.
Meanwhile, the commissioner has put on high alert South Zone police and Musheerabad police. Musheerabad had witnessed group clashes recently.
Senior officers are monitoring the situation and investigations. Task Force and Rapid Action Force have also been posted at crucial points to assist the local police. Police believe the key to the current spate of trouble could be the issue that happened at Musheerabad. Detectives in civil dress are also posted to ferret out information on trouble makers, police said. As of now, there is no definite clue to the elements indulging in trouble, but police are hopeful of a breakthrough soon.
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