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Andhra: Bandh in towns over Asaduddin Owaisi's custody

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 - 8:00pm IST | Place: Sangareddy (AP)Hyderabad | Agency: PTI
A bandh was being observed in Sangareddy and other towns of Medak district of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday even as majority of the shops and business establishments in Old City in Hyderabad remained closed.

A bandh was being observed in Sangareddy and other towns of Medak district of Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday even as majority of the shops and business establishments in Old City in Hyderabad remained closed to protest the remand of MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

The local unit of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) had given bandh call in Sangareddy town, a day after Hyderabad MP Asaduddin was remanded in judicial custody by a court here in connection with a 2005 case against him for allegedly obstructing the then Medak Collector AK Singhal and other officers from discharging their duties.

The bandh witnessed a complete shutdown with shops, petrol pumps, cinema theatres, business establishments, educational institutions remaining closed in Sangareddy town.

The bandh in Sangareddy evoked a good response and was going on peacefully. However, state-run RTC buses were plying normally, officials said.

Police imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC and additional forces were deployed in Sangareddy town. Even some local MIM leaders were taken into custody as a preventive measure.

A bandh was also being observed in Zaheerabad and Sadasivapet towns of Medak district.

MIM supporters took out a protest rally from Eidgah grounds in Zaheerabad, but police stopped them near Baga Reddy statue on Tandur cross roads and took as many as 60 MIM workers and supporters in preventive custody who were later released. 

Prohibitory orders were also imposed in Zaheerabad and Sadasivapet towns by police.

Though there was no official bandh call in Hyderabad, shops and commercial establishments pulled downed their shutters in several parts of the Old City while educational institutions also remained closed in protest against remand of Asaduddin.

As a precautionary measure, additional forces were deployed in communally sensitive parts of Old City since yesterday, with contingents of RAF also keeping a vigil.

The otherwise busy areas surrounding Charminar, wore a deserted look following the bandh-like situation.

Asaduddin was sent in judicial remand till February 2 by the Judicial First Class Magistrate (JFCM) and Prohibition and Excise Special Court in Sangareddy town yesterday after his plea for cancellation of the non-bailable warrant against him in the 2005 case was dismissed by the court.


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