SDPI men took part in attack on police station: Kurnool SP

Kurnool : Kurnool police on Tuesday said members of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), which is a political outfit of the Islamic organisation Popular Front of India (PFI), were involved in the attack on Atmakur police station following a clash between two groups over the construction of a place of worship in the town.

Speaking to media persons at Atmakur, district Superintendent of Police Ch Sudheer Kumar Reddy said, “We have clear evidence of the involvement of SDPI members in the arson at the police station.’’

The SP said 51 persons were arrested in connection with the attack on police station. Nine persons were arrested on Monday and seven of them are SDPI members. They were produced in court.

The seven SDPI members, who hail from Velugodu, came to Atmakur after knowing that two groups clashed over the construction of a place of worship and participated in the attack on the police station.

They also attended SDPI training programmes held in Nandyal and Velugodu in the first week of January.
The SP said, “We will make more arrests in connection with the attack on Atmakur police station. Any attempt to create communal disturbances in the district by vitiating the peaceful atmosphere will not be tolerated.”

Source : New Indian Express

Fanatics attack police and BJP workers after opposition to illegal construction of mosque in Kurnool

At least 12 people, including seven police personnel, were injured in clashes between two communities over the illegal construction of mosque in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district on Saturday night.

Police had to fire three rounds to quell the mob, who went berserk and indulged in stone pelting, besides setting fire to a few vehicles, including the car of Srisailam BJP in-charge Budda Srikanth Reddy, in Atmakur town.

“The situation is under control. We have booked five cases against the people involved in the incident, under various sections of Indian Penal Code, including rioting, inciting communal passion and destruction of properties,” Atmakur inspector of police BR Krishnaiah told HT on Sunday.

According to police, a group of people belonging to a community took up the construction of mosque at a disputed site at Thotageri in the town a few days ago. Following a complaint from another community, the municipal, revenue and police officials stopped the construction which had no permission.

“On Saturday, the first group resumed construction of the religious structure and the second group tried to stall it. This led to a heated argument between the people of the two communities,” the police officer said.

Meanwhile, Srisailam BJP in-charge Budda Srikanth Reddy reached Atmakur and objected to the construction of a religious structure by another group behind Atmakuru Padmavati School. The rival group attacked Reddy. In the process of fleeing the spot, his car collided with a two-wheeler, causing injuries to two youths. This led to further clashes between the two groups.

“The agitated rival community attacked the police station with stones and sticks, on coming to know that the political leader was lodging a complaint with the police. They ransacked his car and set it afire. They also set fire to a couple of other vehicles belonging to the rival group,” the inspector said.

On receiving information, Atmakur deputy superintendent of police Yerragunta Sruthi rushed to the spot with additional police forces to disperse the mob by carrying out baton charge. “But the agitators went on ransacking the police station and attacked the cops with stones. As the situation was getting out of hand, the cops opened three rounds of fire in the air,” the police official said, adding that a fire tender was brought to extinguish the fire engulfing the car and two other two-wheelers.

Kurnool superintendent of Police Sudheer Kumar Reddy reached Atmakur late in the night and held discussions with the elders of the two religions to restore normalcy.

State Director General of Police Gautam Sawang said some communal elements were deliberately trying to create disturbances in Kurnool district. “The situation is under complete control. Police will take stern action against those who foment communal trouble,’’ he said.

Source : Hindustan Times, OpIndia

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