Affrontements à Hyderabad – mars 2010

Violence spreads to new areas

Mar 31, 2010

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad continued to be rocked by communal clashes on Tuesday. One person who was hit with boulders died in Old City and 30 others suffered stab injuries and other wounds even as the authorities imposed curfew in eight more police station limits in the west zone.

While there was no relaxation in the curfew imposed from 7 pm on Monday in 17 police stations falling under the south zone police limits, the areas under the police station limits of Afzalgunj, Begum Bazar, Shahinayatganj, Tappachabutra, Asifnagar, Mangalhat, Kulsumpura and Habibnagar were also bound by the curfew.

M Tanaji, a 34-year-old worker at a garment firm from Shivarampally, was attacked by unidentified persons with boulders near Mesco Educational complex in Mustaidpura near Karvan on Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred when he along with his brother-in-law Aravind was returning home from his shop in Putli Bowli. Tanaji died on the spot and Aravind was rushed to Osmania General Hospital with injuries. In the evening, a youth identified as Sagar was hit by boulders thrown by unidentified persons in Malakpet and admitted to the hospital.

Ten persons who sustained injuries due to the clashes in the Secunderabad area were admitted to Gandhi Hospital while seven others were rushed to Osmania General Hospital. Three cops were also injured in the day’s melee. With Tuesday’s violence, the number of injured in the communal clashes since Saturday last rose to 106 even as over 120 persons were rounded up by the police for indulging in violence on Tuesday.

The day’s violence was largely fanned by a massive Hanuman Jayanthi rally that triggered stone-pelting, burning of places of worship, shops, and vehicles leading to lathicharge, teargassing and firing of rubber bullets by the cops.
The Veer Hanuman Vijay Rath Yatra, estimated to be about 10,000 strong, set out from the Gowliguda Ramalayam around 11 am and had the Veeranjeneya Swamy temple in Tadbund as its final destination. The trouble started when the rally reached Raja Deluxe theatre in Musheerabad around 1.30 pm when unidentified persons from the lanes and bylanes pelted stones at the processionists.

The rallyists retaliated by pelting stones and soon, four four-wheelers, 20 two-wheelers, four shops and a place of worship were razed by the rampaging mob. The police had to resort to lathicharge, teargassing and firing rubber bullets to control the situation.

But the police action only sparked further trouble as the rallyists got dispersed and made their way into the nearby colonies in small groups. Shops were attacked at Ghasmandi, at Paradise crossroads, Ramgopalpet and a religious structure attacked near the Paradise flyover on SP Road. Shops on the RP Road through which the rally passed were also targeted by the mob. The rally finally reached the Tadband temple a little before 4 pm after which the participants dispersed.

The violence in Secunderabad area had its echo in Old City. Around 4 pm, trouble broke out in Begum Bazaar when a group of Hindus insisted on taking out a Hanuman Jayanthi rally from Puranapul to Gowliguda despite not having permission. The situation soon descended to stone-pelting, burning of a few shops and a place of religious worship before the police and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel chased away the miscreants. But the mob regrouped later and attacked the Begum Bazaar police outpost besides damaging a few vehicles. The police then had to burst teargas shells and fire rubber bullets to control the situation.

By the evening, stray incidents of stone-pelting were reported from a few other places in Old City and the authorities quickly clamped curfew in eight more police station limits. The 17 police station under south zone police limits where curfew was in place remained largely peaceful on Tuesday barring minor tension near Gulzar House in the morning. According to the police, the entire Old City and several areas of the twin cities remained tense and said the curfew will not be relaxed the whole of Wednesday.

Shoot-at-sight orders issued in Hyderabad as riots spread


Hyderabad: Communal riots spread to new areas in Hyderabad on Tuesday even as shoot-at-sight orders were issued in the old city and curfew was imposed in the areas under eight more police stations.

While curfew continued the old city without any relaxation, it was imposed in new areas following fresh clashes.

Hyderabad police Commissioner A.K. Khan said on Tuesday evening that indefinite curfew would be in force in Afzalgunz, Begumbazar, Shahinathgunz, Tappachaputra, Asifnagar, Mangalhat, Kulsumpura and Habibnagar police stations.

Fresh violence in Hyderabad; 8 hurt

He also imposed prohibitory orders banning processions and rallies across this Andhra Pradesh capital after clashes in new areas.

The indefinite curfew in the riot-hit old city of Hyderabad continued on Tuesday without relaxation. All 17 police stations under the south zone were brought under curfew on Monday night to control the situation.

The communal violence, which was so far confined to the old city, spread to other areas in the city, triggering tension.

Groups belonging to two different communities clashed in Musheerabad, Bholakpur and Rani Gunj and other areas in central Hyderabad and its twin city Secunderabad.

Andhra Pradesh police chief Girish Kumar told reporters that police were ordered to shoot anyone carrying lethal weapons, stones or sticks in the curfew-bound old city. The order came after fresh incidents of violence that left over 30 people injured.

While the curfew-bound old city remained by and large peaceful, trouble broke out in Musheerabad area when some people allegedly pelted stones on a religious procession. Rival groups clashes with stones and sticks. The miscreants attacked houses and damaged over 20 vehicles.

Curfew continues in tense Hyderabad

The trouble spread to nearby Bholakpur and Rani Gunj areas. In Begum Bazar area near the old city, police opened fire in the air to disperse two clashing groups.

There was tension in several areas as various organisations took out processions to mark Hanuman Jayanti. As the tension was mounting, police ordered closure of shops and business establishments in almost all parts of the city as a precautionary measure. Almost the entire city wore a deserted look.

Sporadic incidents of stone pelting were reported from curfew-bound areas of Gulzar Houz and Shahali Banda near the historic Charminar but the police controlled the situation by resorting to baton charges and arresting the miscreants.

The violence, which broke out Saturday in Moosabowli area of Hussaini Alam over a dispute on putting up of religious flags, has so far left one person dead and over 80 injured while several places of worship were attacked and vehicles torched.

With rampaging mobs taking to streets in several areas Monday afternoon, police imposed curfew to bring the situation under control. Hundreds of policemen and paramilitary forces personnel were deployed across the communally-sensitive walled city.

The violence of last three days and the curfew has put the residents to severe inconvenience.

Police, with the help of some dairy farms, arranged supply of milk in curfew-bound areas Tuesday morning. Women were allowed to come out and buy milk from the suppliers.

Policemen from other parts of the state, neighbouring states and personnel of central forces like Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) have been deployed in the trouble-torn areas.

Police Commissioner Khan said any decision on relaxing the curfew would be taken after a review of the situation Wednesday.

He said police had formed special teams to identify the culprits behind the riots. ‘We have so far arrested 110 people in connection with various incidents and questioning them to identify the culprits,’ Khan said.

Authorities have postponed the Class 10 examinations in all curfew-bound areas. The education department announced that the examinations would be held for students in the old city at a later date.

Des dizaines de blessés dans des affrontements entre hindous et musulmans en Inde



La police indienne a tiré des gaz lacrymogènes, effectué des tirs de sommation et distribué des coups de bâton lundi pour disperser des hindous et musulmans qui s’affrontaient dans le sud de l’Inde, émeutes violentes qui ont fait plus de 75 blessés.

Ces affrontements entre communautés religieuses ont éclaté samedi à Hyderabad, capitale de l’Andhra Pradesh (sud de l’Inde), où environ 1.600 gendarmes et policiers ont été déployés, a précisé le commissaire de police de la ville, A.K. Khan.

Hyderabad, capitale indienne des technologies de l’information, où sont basées Google, Microsoft, IBM et d’innombrables centrales d’appel, compte huit millions d’habitants, dont près de 40% de musulmans. Les derniers affrontements de grande ampleur entre communautés religieuses dans la ville remontent à 1990, et avaient à l’époque fait 200 morts. La ville a été plutôt calme depuis.

La situation a dégénéré en deux temps, les musulmans n’ayant jamais retiré les drapeaux verts couleur de l’islam avec lesquels ils avaient pavoisé il y a un mois, à l’occasion de l’anniversaire de la naissance du prophète Mahomet. Des affrontements ont débuté samedi lorsque des hindous ont essayé de remplacer les drapeaux verts par des bannières safran, à l’occasion d’une fête de leur propre religion.

Depuis samedi, les violences continuent, des dizaines de véhicules ont été incendiés, une demi-douzaines de mosquées et temples endommagés, et plus de 75 personnes blessées, a précisé A.K. Khan.

Les affrontements continuaient lundi, malgré l’interdiction de tout rassemblement de plus de cinq personnes et la fermeture des marchés et écoles. Un couvre-feu indéfini a été imposé sur plusieurs secteurs de la ville, où 86 personnes ont été interpellées.

Les hindous représentent plus de 80% de la population indienne, les musulmans étant près de 14%. Les tensions restent vives entre les deux communautés depuis la sanglante partition entre l’Inde et le Pakistan, après l’indépendance de la Grande-Bretagne en 1947. AP

Curfew in Hyderabad due to riots – Live news and updates

29 03 2010

Due to communal clashes in Hyderabad, Curfew has been declared in entire old city of Hyderabad. This curfew has started from 7:00 PM today Monday and the termination time for this has not been announced.

This decision of Curfew was taken after a person was stabbed to death by anti social elements near Shahalibanda on Monday afternoon at 1 :00Pm.

Hindu-Muslim clashes injure scores in India

Associated Press


Authorities fired tear gas and warning shots and swung batons Monday to disperse crowds of angry Hindus and Muslims who attacked each other with stones and clubs in southern India, where more than 75 people have been injured. Communal rioting broke out Saturday in Hyderabad, capital of southern Andhra Pradesh state, and about 1,600 paramilitary soldiers and police have been deployed to calm the situation, A.K. Khan, city police commissioner, told reporters.

Hyderabad has a population of 8 million, nearly 40 percent Muslims. The last major Hindu-Muslim rioting in Hyderabad took place in 1990, killing 200 people. The city had been mostly peaceful since then.

Trouble started after Muslims hoisted green flags as part of celebrations of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday a month ago but never removed them.

Clashes erupted Saturday between the two communities after Hindus attempted to replace the green flags with saffron ones to celebrate a Hindu festival.

Violence continued Sunday with dozens of vehicles torched and half a dozen mosques and temples damaged, Khan said. More than 75 people have been injured since Saturday, he said.

Hostilities persisted Monday despite police banning the assembly of more than five people in one place and closing markets and schools for the day, he said.

Police fired warning shots into the air to control crowds and imposed an indefinite curfew in parts of India’s key information technology hub _ a base for Google, Microsoft, and IBM. Eighty-six people from both communities have been arrested.

Hindus make up more than 80 percent of India’s population, and Muslims comprise nearly 14 percent.Tensions remain between Hindus and Muslims since the bloody partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan after gaining independence from Britain in 1947. In India’s Gujarat state, Hindu mobs rampaged through Muslim neighborhoods, towns and villages between February-April 2002, leaving about 1,000 people dead.

Riots in the old city

28 mars 2010

As clashes between two communities in Hyderabad escalated for the second day, the number of injured rose. Stone-pelting troublemakers terrorised several areas, allegedly torching a few vehicles.

Trece heridos en disturbios entre grupos hindúes y musulmanes de Hyderabad


28 O3 2010

Al menos trece personas resultaron heridas anoche en disturbios registrados en la importante ciudad de Hyderabad (sur de la India) entre grupos hindúes y musulmanes, informó hoy una fuente policial.

Las autoridades han ordenado el despliegue de la Fuerza Paramilitar de Acción Rápida (RAF) y de la Policía regional de Andhra para controlar la situación en varios barrios de la ciudad, donde la situación continúa siendo tensa aunque sin incidentes.

Los enfrentamientos comenzaron este sábado noche en el barrio de Musa Bowli, cuando un grupo de hindúes comenzó a sustituir unas banderas verdes, típicas de las fiestas islámicas, por otras de color naranja, con ocasión de un festivo del dios hindú Hanuman.

Pronto comenzó una discusión entre miembros de ambos credos que degeneró en insultos y lanzamientos de piedras, así como en una serie de ataques contra centros religiosos, coches, tiendas y viviendas que perduró hasta entrada la madrugada de hoy.

Según dijo a IANS el comisario de Policía A. K. Khan, trece personas, entre ellas dos periodistas, resultaron heridas durante los enfrentamientos y las cargas de la Policía, mientras que varios ciudadanos huyeron de sus casas en las áreas más afectadas.

A la zona se desplazaron diputados locales de la organización musulmana Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) y del partido nacionalista hindú Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

El diputado del MIM Ahmed Pasha Khadri acusó a la Policía de permanecer impasible ante la destrucción de las casas de musulmanes, y acusó a las fuerzas del orden de recurrir a cargas injustificadas contra los jóvenes.

El líder del BJP G. Ramaswamy, sin embargo, acusó a los musulmanes de la zona de crear problemas con la instalación de las banderas hindúes, después de haber instalado las suyas sin que nadie les criticara por ello.

Hyderabad, uno de los enclaves de servicios más importantes de la India, donde vive una pujante minoría musulmana que se concentra en los barrios históricos de la ciudad, que no habían registrado grandes disturbios religiosos en las últimas dos décadas.

Los musulmanes indios, unos 140 millones de personas, componen un 13,4 por ciento de la población india, aunque ocupan apenas un 5 por ciento de los puestos públicos en las instituciones oficiales y su acceso a la educación sigue siendo muy deficiente.

Desde la independencia del subcontinente, en 1947, el país ha sufrido unos brotes esporádicos de violencia religiosa que en ocasiones adquieren tintes de matanzas, como ocurrió en la región de Gujarat (oeste), en el año 2002, con más de 1.000 muertos.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 28 mars 2010.

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