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Police permit Hanuman Jayanti procession

Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: The stalemate over permitting Hanuman Jayanti rally ended on Saturday as the organisers agreed to change the route as recommended by the police keeping in view the outbreak of violence during the procession last year.

The rally will begin from Ram temple in Gowliguda on Monday and culminate at Hanuman temple in Tadbun. It will turn towards Ashoknagar at RTC crossroads instead of moving via Musheerabad where communal clashes broke out last year.

“The organisers held discussions with us on Saturday after we rejected their request to take out the procession earlier. We finally consented to changes in the route,” Hyderabad Police Commissioner A.K. Khan told The Hindu. Nearly 2,000 policemen would oversee security arrangements for the procession, he said.

Clashes

Communal clashes erupted in old city here a day before Hanuman Jayanti last year, over the issue of tying religious flags and banners in mixed localities resulting in the imposition of curfew for some days. A decision was then taken to ensure that the flags were removed immediately after the end of the festival. While the police stepped up patrolling and posted pickets at sensitive places this year, the removal of religious flags was not completed. Flags and banners could be seen at several places in old city.

Flags could be seen atop the high-mast light near Hussainialam police station, Baragalli, Pathargatti, near Moghalpura police station, many internal lanes, Sultan Shahi, and Moosabowli. There was debris on the roads at many places. During the clashes last year, the mobs used stones on the roadside to target other groups and the police.

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