Hyderabad: Bhainsa, a town in Telangana’s former Adilabad district, remains tense following clashes for the last 48 hours between people of two communities.
At least 19 people, including eight police personnel, were injured. Eighteen houses were set ablaze and 26 vehicles burnt in the violence.
Section 144 has been imposed in Bhainsa. Internet has been suspended in Nirmal, Adilabad, Mancherial and Asifabad.
The violence erupted on Sunday night after some residents of Bhainsa objected to the noise created by revving up of bikes without silencers by some young men.
One community came in support of the bikers following which the situation spun out of control and the two communities began pelting stones against each other.
A huge police force was brought in to control the situation. Police resorted to lathi-charge to control sporadic clashes which continued unabated. After examining the CCTV footage from the area police took at least 60 people into custody. Six First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered.
Meanwhile, police put Raja Singh, the lone BJP MLA in Telangana, under house arrest in Hyderabad. He was threatening to go to Bhainsa with his followers alleging that one community has been targeted.
In the meantime, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi condemned the incident and demanded that the Chief Minister take action against all culprits. He also demanded compensation to those who suffered losses and appealed to the people of Bhainsa to maintain peace. The Hyderabad MP alleged that the miscreants belong to Hindu Vahini.