Installation of Shivaji statue sparks protests and stone-throwing in Telangana; article 144 imposed

Section 144 imposed in Nizamabad, Telangana after tensions over installation of Shivaji statue

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Hyderabad: Restraining orders have been tightened Bodhan city ​​of Nizamabad district , Telanganaon Sunday after two groups protested and pelted each other with stones for the installation of a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharajpolice said.

Tear gas shells to disperse the crowd brought the situation under control. A constable was injured in the stone throwing and sent for a medical examination, police said.

According to them, the statue was placed by one group, which opposed another. This resulted in protests and stone throwing.

The restraining orders under Section 144 (of the CrPC) were imposed, Nizamabad Police Commissioner KR Nagaraju said.

Police pickets have been set up and pre-emptive arrests have been made, another senior police law and order official told PTI. No permission has been obtained for the installation of the statue, the official said. Additional police have been deployed and peace has been assured, he said.

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Meanwhile, the BJP leader and Nizamabad party MP DharmapuriArvind tweeted, “Bodhan City Council had accepted Shivaji Maharaj’s proposed idol and passed a resolution. Still, TRS-MIM thugs are creating rowdiness and tension in the city.”

“Now the ruling TRS councilor has openly threatened to disrupt the law and order of Bodhan City, if #ShivajiMaharaj’s idol is installed!” the BJP leader said in another tweet. Home Minister of Telangana Mohammad Mahmoud Ali spoke to the state’s Director General of Police (DGP) M Mahendar Reddy about the incident, an official press release said here. The DGP reportedly told the Minister that the public order situation was under control and that senior police officers were there to monitor the situation.

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