Curfew continues in tense Hyderabad

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Hyderabad, Mar 30 (ANI): The situation in the old city of Hyderabad continues to remain tense, as the curfew has been imposed till 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) South Zone Madhusudhan Reddy said the curfew that was imposed on Monday evening has been extended till 6 p.m. on Tuesday to avoid any untoward incident, adding that the Class 10 board examination in around 140 centres have been postponed following the incidents of communal violence.

Meanwhile, the Central Government has rushed in over 1800 troops in the sensitive areas to maintain law and order and restore peace.

Over 130 persons, suspected to be involved in the communal clashes, have been taken into custody so far, police added.

The Andhra Pradesh Government on Monday ordered deployment of additional security forces in old Hyderabad city where tension prevails; following overnight clashes between two communities.

The Rapid Action Force (RAF) and the state police were earlier deployed in Moosa Bowli, Hussaini Alam, Purana Pul, Begum Bazar, and nearby areas to restore peace following incidents of stone-pelting and assault on religious places, houses, shops and vehicles.

Strife started in Moosa Bowli area when the majority community reportedly removed green flags installed by members of the other community and installed saffron ones, instead, during a recent festival.

The heated exchanges snowballed into clashes between the two groups. (ANI)

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