About 100 people involved in the clashes were taken into custody. Heavy security arrangements were made with 600 police personnel in the town to prevent further violence. Internet services were also discontinued in the town of Bhainsa to prevent the spread of news about communal violence.
“Immediate provocation of clashes in the Zulfikar Colony of the city. Some youth traveling on their bikes, who were without silencers, were making noise. Some locals objected to the nuisance in the colonies late at night when everyone was sleeping. This led to violent attacks between the two groups,” a police officer said.
The violence soon spread to various areas such as Kubera Road, Bhatti Galli, Panjshah Chowk, Korba Galli, Ganesh Nagar, Medari Galli and Bus Stand area. Several vehicles, including autorickshaws, cars and two-wheelers, were set on fire by warring groups. There were reports of arson and stone pelting at some houses and a vegetable shop.
Some media persons of electronic media channels were also allegedly involved in the violence.
Police said, “The injured were immediately shifted to the local government hospital and some of them were taken to Nizamabad and Hyderabad.”
“The situation is under control now. We have promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code. We request people not to believe the rumors, but cooperate with the police in maintaining law and order, ”Superintendent of Police in-charge of Nirmal District Vishnu Warrier said in a statement.