Timely intervention by public officials and religious leaders kept calm in the city
At a time when the city was witnessing tension following the hurtful remarks of the now-suspended Bharatiya Janata T. Raja Singh party lawmaker against the Prophet Muhammad, it is the call to exercise restraint and remain calm that political and religious leaders launched the vigil which turned out to be decisive in Friday which ended without any untoward incident.
Before Mr Singh was arrested under the Pre-trial Detention Act, there was a bit of hesitation and concern when the Tahreek Muslim Shabban group called on Muslims to embark on a ‘rally’ from Mecca Masjid. The appeal was later withdrawn. The police were also in no mood to allow the rally.
It was late Thursday night that the Chairman of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Asaduddin Owaisi, urged the youths to remain calm and stressed that no slogans that could hurt any community should be spear. He also pointed out that if an untoward incident occurs, it will affect the poor the most, who are seen in all communities.
Mr. Owaisi was not the only one to call for calm. Earlier on Thursday, Jamiat-e-Ulama Telangana Andhra Pradesh Secretary General Khaleeq Sabir asked Muslims to pray at mosques closer to home. This was an attempt to discourage young people from congregating in one place.
“When the intentions of the police and the government clearly indicate that they intend to act without delay, that becomes the deciding factor,” Mr Sabir said. The Hindu Friday, though he stressed that revered personalities or gods of any religion should not be denigrated. “We have told the young people that the PD law has been invoked against the MP and that action is being taken in accordance with the law. We also followed the course of justice and 19 complaints in the police stations were processed. »
Although Hyderabad has always prided itself on its composite culture, there have been darker episodes in the city’s history that reflect the strained relations between the communities.
For three consecutive years – from 1990 to 1993 – curfew was imposed in several parts of Hyderabad due to a community conflagration. The curfew was imposed from December 5, 1990 to January 20, 1991. Tension between the communities during a procession ended in violence and a curfew was imposed again the last week of September 1991 in 20 Hyderabad boundary police stations.
The following year saw the demolition of the Babri Masjid which resulted in a curfew on December 7.
From 1998 to 2012, at least four cases of imposed curfews were recorded due to fires and communal violence. This includes police opening fire to quell crowds in 2003. The last two major community conflagrations were seen in 2010 when clashes erupted over religious banners and in 2012 when a place of worship was desecrated. .
Police said that since 2012, especially after the formation of Telangana state, no major communal tensions have been seen.