Old city of Hyderabad springs back to life

Updated on May 21, 2007 07:44 PM IST
The old city of Hyderabad springs back to life with vengeance with bazaars brimming with life, writes Ashok Das.
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Hindustan Times | ByAshok Das, Hyderabad

The old city of Hyderabad sprung back to life with vengeance on Monday with bazaars brimming with life. The main street from Madina to Charminar as well as the bazaars on the lanes and bylanes were bustling with activities.

Fruit and vegetable vendors, trinket sellers, pavement hawkers were back on the footpaths raucously advertising their wares. Hotels and eateries, petrol bunks, cinema theatres reopened. Banks and government offices opened too and people were back on the street attending to their daily tasks.

The large contingent of police and paramilitary forces continued to remain in the old city, but they preferred to keep a watch from a distance. City police commissioner Balwinder Singh declared that the situation was back to normal. The only restriction for the time being is that no pillion riding is permitted between 11 am and 6 pm. That is because some miscreants riding the pillion knifed passerby in one of the sensitive localities in the old city on Sunday night. One boy was serious injured.

The city police has constituted a team headed by joint Commissioner of Police Harish K Gupta to probe the bomb blasts. Mr Gupta started work later on Monday.

The Police Commissioner hinted that the police had certain clues and would be able to get a breakthrough within a week. He denied reports in a section of media that police teams were sent to Kolkata and Mumbai for investigations.

The city remained jittery for sometime in late afternoon after rumours circulated that another bomb had gone off near the Tank Bund, close to state secrertariat. Police had to spend a lot of time in denying any such incident.

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