Incidents of attacks by AIMIM activists on rival partymen including two senior Congress leaders marked the end of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal polls on Tuesday.
Tension prevailed in the old city area of Hyderabad on Tuesday evening following a clash between the AIMIM cadres, led by the party chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi and the Congress men at the Mir Chowk police station.
Telangana Congress chief Uttamkumar Reddy and senior leader Shabbir Ali received bruises while Reddy’s car was damaged in the incident. The Congress cadres later sat in protest at the DGP office demanding Owaisi’s immediate arrest.
“We were attacked by Owaisi and his men, the car wind shield and glasses were damaged. I received injuries. These elections are a farce. The CM could just write the names of the corporators on a paper instead of allowing such an election,” Reddy told reporters. Shabbir Ali accused the Police as becoming powerless before the “hooliganism of AIMIM.” “Even the Police could not assure protection to us and hurried us to move away from the place. The AIMIM is turning the old city into a goonda-raj,” Ali said.
Telangana DGP Anurag Sharma said complaints were received on the incident which is being investigated. “At this point I can only state that we would proceed legally and action would be taken against whoever is found as involved in the attack.”
The incident took place when the two Congress leaders were leaving the police station after securing the release of candidate Mohammed Ghouse who was earlier arrested. The Congress leaders said that Owaisi reached the venue and started abusing them. “How dare you enter my territory, he asked us,” Shabbir Ali said.
In another incident, AIMIM cadres gathered at the house of TRS leader and deputy CM Mahmood Ali at Azampura manhandling Ali’s son Azam Ali. The police reportedly arrested AIMIM MLA from Malakpet Ahmed Balala in the episode.