By Ajay Tomar

Two incidents sparked communal tensions in Telangana’s Sangareddy and Narayanpet districts on Monday, 22 January — when the Ram idol was consecrated in the temple at Ayodhya.

The first incident took place in the Doulatabad village of the Hathnoora Mandal (Sangareddy), where a local vendor’s fruit shop was set on fire by miscreants following some tussles. The second instance happened in Kosgi Town in Narayanpet.

In both incidents, the local police registered cases under Section 153 A (promoting enmity between on grounds of religion) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The two incidents

As per the Hathnoora police, some miscreants allegedly threw a shoe at a procession of Hindu devotees around 7 pm on Monday in the Doulatabad village.

“They were celebrating the consecration of Ram Temple in Ayodhya,” Patancheru Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Purushottam Reddy told South First.

“A roadside food joint was allegedly set on fire by the members taking part in the procession. A milk shop and some vehicles were also damaged by them,” he added.

The police rushed to the spot and eased the tension. Two cases against members of “both the communities” were been registered under IPC Section 153 A, the police said.

Issuing prohibitory orders, the cops imposed Section 144 ( prohibition of gathering of more than five people) in the Doulatabad village for one week.

In the second incident, communal tensions were triggered when a procession led by Hindu devotees gathered outside the Madhina mosque in Kosgi town of Narayanpet around 8 pm on Monday.

“Members of the Muslim community alleged that participants of the Hindu procession blew coloured papers inside the mosque on purpose while the rally was passing in front of the mosque,” Kosgi Police Station Circle Inspector Srinivasulu told South First, adding that the peace had been restored in the area.

Protesting against the action, people belonging to the Muslim community demanded that the rally take a different course.

A case was registered under IPC Section 153 A (promoting enmity between on grounds of religion) by the Kosgi town police.

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