New Delhi, Apr 1: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday, Mar 31 termed the communal violence in Hyderabad as 'petty skirmishes' and has urged the people of the city to not get carried away by 'rowdy elements'.
"These are petty skirmishes. Unfortunately, both sides have some undesirable elements. As on this morning 130 people have been arrested," he said on Wednesday, Mar 31, in response to a question on the tense situation in the capital of Andhra Pradesh.
"Hot-headed and rowdy elements of both sides seemed to have broken the law. They will have to pay a heavy price," he added while speaking to reporters here.
Informing that he has spoken to the chief minister K Rosaiah and Hyderabad Police Commissioner, the Home Minister expressed confidence that that the situation would return to normal soon.
He said that both the sides of the communal clashes have been warned and the Centre has deployed enough forces to reign in the situation.
"My appeal to the people of Hyderabad - please keep in mind the fair name of the city and fair name of the state and not be misguided by a few rowdy and hot-headed elements," he said.
He, however, brushed aside any conspiracy angle to the tensions saying that nothing of that sort has been found yet.