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Protests at Hyderabad University after professor attempts to rape foreign student


Student protests rocked the Hyderabad University on Saturday after a professor tried to sexually assault a foreign student, police said.

The police have arrested Ravi Ranjan, a professor in the Department of Hindi, School of Humanities. He will be produced in the court later in the day, a police officer said.

The professor allegedly called the student to his residence near the campus on Friday evening on the pretext of teaching her Hindi and tried to sexually assault her after offering alcohol.

Deeply traumatised by the sexual assault, the victim narrated the incident to her classmates. As she was unable to communicate properly in English, she used an online app for translation.

The victim, who is from Thailand and recently joined the Masters course, was rushed to the health centre of the university by other students. After the check-up, she lodged a complaint with Gachibowli police station under Cyberabad Police Commissionerate.

The Director of Foreign Exchange Programme of the central university also lodged a complaint.

The police registered a case against the professor under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and took him into custody.

The police recorded the 23-year-old victim’s statement with the help of a translator.

As the word spread about the sexual assault, students gathered outside the main gate of the campus and staged a protest, demanding stringent action against the professor. They demanded that the university authorities immediately suspend him.

The students also slammed the university authorities for the delay in lodging a police complaint against the accused. They alleged that neither the Vice-Chancellor nor the Registrar met the victim.

The students belonging to various groups said they will continue the protest till the university takes action against him.

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3 caught for trying to ‘buy’ TRS MLAs in Hyderabad


In a dramatic development, the police in Hyderabad on Wednesday claimed to have caught three persons while they were trying to ‘buy’ four MLAs of Telangana’s ruling TRS party.

The four were detained during a raid at a farm house at Aziz Nagar on the city outskirts while offering money to four MLAs.

Cyberabad police conducted the raids on a tip-off by the legislators. One of those detained is from Delhi while two others were from Tirupati and Hyderabad.

The police reportedly seized Rs 15 crore so far. Cyberabad Police Commissioner Stephen Ravindra said the deal could be to the tune of Rs 100 crore.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLAs Rega Kantha Rao, Guvvala Balaraju, Beeram Harshvardhan Reddy and Pilot Rohit Reddy had alerted police that attempts were being made to lure them to switch loyalties.

The Commissioner said the MLAs alleged that some BJP leaders were trying to lure them to defect from the TRS by offering prominent posts, contracts and huge cash.

Those detained are Ramachandra Bharati a.k.a S. Satish Sharma from Delhi and Simhayajulu from Tirupati, both said to be temple priests and Nanda Kumar, a businessman from Hyderabad said to be close to a union minister.

Police officials said further investigations were on in the case.

The TRS has alleged that the BJP is trying to lure its MLAs to defect. It said those detained by the police were close to BJP leaders.

TRS leader Krishank Manne posted on his Twitter account photographs of the accused with union ministers Rajnath Singh, G. Kishan Reddy and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

“This is a conspiracy against KCR ji’s Government by BJP’s big leaders,” he tweeted.

Another TRS leader termed the accused three agents of union home minister Amit Shah.

TRS MLA Balka Suman alleged that the BJP was resorting to cheap tactics due to fear of defeat in the Munugode Assembly by-election. He claimed that the TRS MLAs foiled the conspiracy of BJP.

“The BJP leaders should know that the TRS MLAs and Telangana people are not for sale,” he said.

However, BJP leaders denied the allegations. Party national vice-president D. K. Aruna said that those named by the police were not BJP leaders. She alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao was doing a new drama for political mileage. She said people would not believe KCR’s story.

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ED seizes assets worth Rs 150cr of Hyderabad-based jewellers


The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday said it has recently conducted a search operation on the premises of MBS Jewellers Private Limited, Musaddilal Gems & Jewels India Private Limited, its director Sukesh Gupta and Anurag Gupta in Hyderabad and Vijaywada, and seized jewelleries worth Rs 149.10 crore and Rs 1.96 crore in cash.

The action was taken by the ED in course of its probe into a money laundering case.

Sukesh Gupta was arrested by the ED on October 18. He was presented at the Special PMLA Court at Nampally, Hyderabad, and sent to 14-day judicial custody.

The ED initiated investigation on the basis of the FIR registered by the CBI, ACB, Hyderabad against Gupta and his companies for defrauding MMTC Limited (a Public Sector Enterprise) in purchase of bullion under Buyer’s Credit Scheme.

Gupta in active connivance with few officials of MMTC Hyderabad, had continuously lifted gold without forex cover and without adequate security deposits, and his dues were consistently mis-reported to the MMTC Head Office and without squaring off the existing losses, his firms continued lifting more and more gold from MMTC for their personal gain and thereby, ultimately caused a loss of public money to the tune of Rs 504.34 crore to MMTC.

The CBI has already filed a chargesheet against Gupta and others.

During ED investigation, it was found that Gupta colluded with various officials of MMTC Hyderabad and painted a wrong picture of his account and kept on lifting more & more gold to carry on its business as usual and MMTC ultimately suffered a massive loss. Sukesh Gupta also entered into an OTS (one time settlement) with MMTC in 2019.

However, MMTC confirmed that Sukesh Gupta did not comply the OTS conditions and the OTS has failed.

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Toll in Hyderabad e-bike showroom fire rises to 8


The death toll in a fire that broke out in an e-bike showroom and spread to a hotel on the upper floors in Secunderabad has increased mounted to eight as a person succumbed to injuries in a hospital.

The victims included a woman and seven injured were admitted to the government-run Gandhi Hospital and a private hospital.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 9.30 p.m. on Monday in the building located near the Regional Passport Office.

The fire started from the e-bike showroom in the cellar and heavy smoke engulfed the upper floors housing Ruby Luxury Hotel.

Fire fighting personnel pulled out nine persons from the hotel. Some of those staying in the hotel jumped out from windows to save their lives.

Two fire tenders rushed to the scene and doused the flames. Most of the deaths are believed to have been caused by asphyxiation

It is estimated that 22-25 people were staying in the hotel.

“Since there was no proper ventilation, the smoke filled the lobbies of the hotel upstairs and those staying in rooms with doors closed apparently did not know anything till the smoke engulfed the entire building,” Assistant Commissioner of Police B. Ramesh said.

Three of the dead bodies were identified, while efforts were on to identify the remaining.

Police said the cause of the fire was still not known. It is suspected that a battery may have exploded while on charging, leading to the fire.

Police have booked the owner of the showroom for not following fire safety rules.

Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali visited the spot past midnight. He said a probe has been ordered.

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BJP corporator in Hyderabad arrested for kidnapping


A Greater Hyderabad corporator belonging to the BJP has been arrested by police for kidnapping the son of his political rival from the same party to settle scores with him.

Baddam Prem Maheswar Reddy, a Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) corporator from Gaddiannaram division was arrested along with nine other accused. The police were on the lookout of five other accused.

The Saroornagar police and the LB Nagar special operations team of the Rachakonda Police Commissionerate cracked the kidnapping case.

The accused kidnapped Lanka Subramanyam (21) from his house in P&T Colony in Gaddiannaram and physically tortured him.

The victim told police that the accused thrashed him and tortured him with burning cigarettes butts. The accused even asked the victim to take a bath and get ready as they would be going to offer his sacrifice at a temple. According to the victim, they even put a garland around his neck.

Police investigations revealed that the corporator had differences with one Lakshmi Narayana, a local BJP leader and a former rowdy-sheeter. Shravan, a BJP worker, also had a grudge against Lakshmi Narayana as he had allegedly had extra-marital relations with one of his relatives.

Maheswar Reddy along with Shravan hatched a conspiracy to kidnap Lakshmi Narayana. Lakshmi Narayana’s brother Lanka Murali had property disputes with him and to resolve the same the latter had approached Maheswar Reddy. Murali also became a part of the conspiracy to kidnap Lakshmi Narayana and his son.

To execute the kidnapping plot, the corporator approached one Puneet Tiwari, a BJP sympathizer and outsourcing employee at the State Secretariat and promised to give him money. Puneet took the help of his friends, including students P. Manjunath, K. Pavan Kumar, R. Hemanth, software employee Balivada Praneeth and they went to the residence of Lakshmi Narayana in two cars in the early hours of September 1. Since Lakshmi Narayana was not found, they kidnapped his son Subrahmanyam who was sitting at a Ganesh mandap near his house and took him to Chintapalli in Nalgonda district.

The victim’s parents lodged a complaint with the police, which swung into action and with the help of CCTV footage traced the victim and accused near Chintapalli. The police rescued the victim and arrested the kidnappers on September 2.

Police said they collected WhatsApp chat between the corporator and Puneeth and established that the corporator was the kingpin who planned the kidnapping and executed it.

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30 women shifted to hospitals after botched-up FP surgery kills 4 in Telangana


After the death of four women after undergoing Double Puncture Laparoscopy (DPL) at a family planning surgery camp at Telangana’s Ranga Reddy district, authorities have shifted remaining 30 women to hospitals for treatment.

Health authorities said the condition of women was stable.

Thirteen women were admitted to Apollo Hospitals and remaining 17 to government-run Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hyderabad.

Two women were undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at NIMS. Doctors said they were physically weak and hence were under treatment at the ICU.

Doctors said there was no need for any concern and all women were likely to be discharged in a couple of days.

Health minister T. Harish Rao on Wednesday visited NIMS Hospital and called on the women. He told reporters that all women were safe and would be discharged in two-day three days.

The minister said the government was providing the best treatment to the women. Every patient is being monitored by one doctor.

Four women have died due to complications after undergoing DPL at the female sterilisation camp conducted on August 25 at a Civil Hospital in Ibrahimpatnam in Ranga Reddy district.

They complained of acute gastroenteritis and died while undergoing treatment. Two deaths were each reported on Monday and Tuesday.

Harish Rao termed the incident unfortunate and said this never happened in the state’s history. He pointed out that 12 lakh women underwent family planning surgeries in the state during the last 6-7 years.

The health minister said the government has taken the incident seriously and has suspended the license of the doctors who performed the surgery. The government has also placed the superintendent of the hospital under lifetime suspension.

Harish Rao said the government has ordered an inquiry by Director of Public Health Dr G. Srinivasa Rao. He hoped that the report would be submitted in one week or 10 days.

“After receiving the report, we will take action against those found negligent. We will take necessary measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents,” he said.

The autopsy reports of four women are likely to be available on Thursday. This is likely to help officials reach a conclusion on the cause of deaths.

According to Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivasa Rao, 34 women were operated on at the camp. Four of them later complained of acute gastroenteritis and approached private hospitals for treatment. All the four women succumbed while undergoing treatment.

The director of public health said sterilisation camp is a routine exercise wherein DPL, tubectomy and vasectomy surgeries are conducted. “Experienced doctors conduct the surgeries. This incident is an aberration. We are trying to find out the reasons that led to the unfortunate incident,” he said.

According to the official, DPL is a preferred surgery for women who want permanent sterilisation with minimal complications. Women who undergo DPL can be discharged on the same day and they resume their activities immediately.

The state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh and two bed-room houses each for the family of the deceased. Surviving children of the deceased will be given admission in residential schools.

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Hyderabad youth who raised ‘Sar tan se juda’ slogan detained under PD Act


Hyderabad police on Tuesday detained Syed Abdahu Quadri, alias Kashaf, under Preventive Detention (PD) Act for allegedly creating enmity between Hindus and Muslims.

On the orders of Hyderabad Police Commissioner, the 27-year-old was detained and sent to Central Prison Chanchalguda.

Kashaf, who calls himself a political strategist and a social and civil rights activist, had allegedly raised ‘sar tan se juda’ slogan during a recent protest against suspended BJP MLA Raja Singh over his derogatory comments about Prophet Mohammad.

The action against Kashaf came four days after police detained Raja Singh under PD Act and sent him to jail on the same charges.

According to police, Kashaf has been habitually posting provocative and inflammatory messages and videos in the social media through his Twitter account with an intention to promote enmity between Hindus and Muslims and cause breach of communal peace and disturb public tranquillity.

On the intervening night of August 22 and 23, he along with a number of supporters staged a ‘dharna’ in front of the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad City at Basheerbagh in protest against posting of offensive video by Raja Singh.

Hundreds of young men from Muslim community from all over the city had descended at the office of the Commissioner of Police and joined the protest “dharna”.

“The detenu instigated the protestors to raise provocative and inflammatory slogans as ‘Naare Takbeer Allah Hu Akbar – Gustak-e-Rasool ki ek hi saza, sar tan se judaa (beheading is the only punishment for a person who disrespects the Prophet)’ and has created hatred and ill-will between the Muslim and Hindu religious communities in the limits of Hyderabad City Police Commissionerate, thereby adversely affecting the maintenance of public order,” a police statement said.

“Since this video and slogans went viral on national television channels and social media platforms, it created disturbance to public order throughout the country,” it added.

Police said the provocative and inciting slogans raised by the detenu during the protest programme has caught the attention of the gullible youth of the Muslim community which led to widespread protest programmes with violent incidents in different parts of the Hyderabad City. The details of the violent incidents were reported in the limits of Moghalpura, Shahinayathgunj, Bhavaninagar and Hussainialam Police Station in which the protestors have damaged the police vehicle, pelted stones on a police station, and attacked the hotel vendor and private cab driver.

According to police, Kashaf is involved in four offences in Hyderabad Police Commissionerate, among them 3 offences related to creating hatred between Muslims and Hindus. In 2020, he was also booked for uploading a video instigating the people to stage Million march and dharna at Indira Park, Hyderabad in protest against the CAA and NRC. He had uploaded a video on his twitter account and social media platformA instigating the people to stage dharna at Pragathi Bhavan (CM’s camp office), Hyderabad in protest against alleged demolition of Qutubshahi Masjid at Shameerpet and. In 2016, he was allegedly involved in an attack on then legislator and former minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir.

Kashaf was arrested on August 25 and was produced before a magistrate. However, he was released on personal bond.

The action against him was taken hours after suspended BJP MLA Raja Singh Lodh was sent to jail under PD Act.

According to police, Raja Singh has been habitually delivering provocative and inflammatory speeches and driving a wedge between communities leading to public disorder.

A total of 101 criminal cases have been registered against him since 2004. He was involved in 18 communal offences in the limits of different police stations in Hyderabad.

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Protest against Munawar Faruqui’s show in Hyderabad; 50 BJP, BJYM activists held


About 50 activists of BJP and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) were arrested by the police for trying to disrupt the show of comedian Munawar Faruqui in Hyderabad on Saturday evening.

The activists tried to head towards Shilpa Kala Vedika, the venue of the show, but were stopped by policemen. Raising slogans, the protesters tried to break the police cordon and barge into the venue. However, police foiled their efforts.

The protesters were bundled into a waiting police vehicle and were whisked away to Gachibowli police station. The protest triggered mild tension on the busy traffic intersection in front of the auditorium in the information technology hub of Madhapur.

Munawar’s ‘Dongri to Nowhere’ began amid tight security. Large number of people were seen queuing up outside the auditorium much before the show time.

The police advised the organisers to start the show an hour before the scheduled time (6 p.m.). It is likely to continue till 9 p.m.

Cyberabad police made tight security arrangements for the show in view of the threats by BJP and some other right-wing groups to disrupt it.

About 500 policemen were deployed around Shilpa Kala Vedika and were thoroughly frisking the ticket-holders.

Senior officials including a Deputy Inspector General of Police and two Deputy Commissioners of Police were supervising the security.

Police were keeping a tight vigil on the venue and adjoining busy roads to prevent untoward incidents.

Police were also keeping a vigil on those who purchased the tickets online for the show as a BJP leader claimed that some of the party supporters have purchased the tickets and will be staging protests during the show.

The police have already detained BJP MLA T. Raja Singh, who had threatened to burn down the venue.

As Raja Singh along with his supporters was trying to leave for Shilpa Kala Vedika on Friday, the police took him into preventive custody.

Raja Singh, who represents Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad, had warned that if the comedian goes ahead with the show, he would beat him up and burn down the venue. He also warned that if anything happens during the show, the TRS government would be responsible.

He alleged that Faruqui had hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus by making jokes on their gods.

The comedian had earlier planned to perform in Hyderabad in January but the show had to be cancelled due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Faruqui had announced his Hyderabad show on December 22, 2021, days after Telangana minister K.T. Rama Rao had extended him an open invite.

Minister KTR had extended an open invitation to the comedian to perform in Hyderabad, saying the city is truly cosmopolitan.

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Hyderabad BJP MLA detained ahead of comedian Munawar Faruqui’s show


Hyderabad police on Friday detained BJP MLA T. Raja Singh who had threatened to burn down the venue of stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui’s show scheduled to be held here Saturday.

As Raja Singh along with his supporters was trying to leave for Shilpa Kala Vedika, the venue of the show, police detained him and shifted him to Bolaram police station.

The controversial MLA told media persons before being taken in a police vehicle that he was not being given any information by the police.

Raja Singh’s supporters raised slogans against the state government and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao when police officials detained him from his office in Mangalhat. Some of them tried to block the police vehicle but were taken into custody.

Police had tightened the security at the MLA’s office since morning following information that he and his supporters may create disturbances at the venue.

Raja Singh, who represents Goshamahal constituency in Hyderabad, had warned that if the comedian goes ahead with the show, he would beat him up and burn down the venue.

A video of the MLA, threatening the comedian, had surfaced on social media last week. He alleged that Faruqui had hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus by making jokes on their gods.

The BJP MLA’s warning came after Munawar took to his Instagram account to announce his show “Dongri to Nowhere” in Hyderabad on August 20.

He had earlier planned to perform in Hyderabad in January but the show had to be canceled due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

“In the past too, our idiot minister KTR had offered police protection and invited him, saying his event will be a great success. But even then, when Hindu groups across Telangana united to threaten him, he got scared and cancelled the event,” Raja Singh said, in a reference to state minster K.T. Rama Rao.

“I am seriously telling this. Everybody knows about the law and order in Telangana. I am telling KTR, if you don’t want this to deteriorate further, don’t allow the comedian in Hyderabad,” the MLA from Goshamahal said.

The BJP leader went on to issue an open threat. “See what will happen, If they invite him. Wherever the program is, we will go and beat him up. Whoever offers him a venue, we will burn it down. If something goes wrong, KTR and the government and police officers will be responsible,” Raja Singh said.

The BJP leaders had similar threats in January when Munawar had planned to perform. However, the show had to be cancelled due to restrictions imposed on public gatherings in view of a surge in Covid cases.

Faruqui had announced his Hyderabad show on December 22, 2021, days after KTR had extended him an open invite to perform in Hyderabad, saying the city is truly cosmopolitan.

The stand-up comedian had earlier tweeted that he was receiving several calls and mails from Hyderabad to perform in the city.

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No immersion of PoP idols in Hussain Sagar this year


Authorities in Hyderabad this year will allow immersion of Ganesh idols made by Plaster of Paris (PoP) only in baby/artificial ponds and not Hussain Sagar Lake this year.

The Supreme Court had last year allowed immersion of PoP idols for the last time and has asked Telangana authorities to come up with a plan for immersions at an alternate place.

The authorities have built 50 ponds in addition to the 25 already existing for immersion of idols.

Telangana High Court on September 9, 2021 directed the state government not to allow immersion of Ganesh idols made of PoP in Hussain Sagar Lake and other lakes in and around Hyderabad.

On a petition filed by the state government, the High Court refused to modify its order. The state government subsequently filed an appeal in the Supreme Court. The apex court allowed immersion of PoP idols for one last time.

The court directed the government to permit immersion of PoP Ganesh idols in baby ponds constructed by the GHMC or separate areas/ponds which do not result in the spread of pollution into the main water body.

The state government has also taken steps to promote environment-friendly Ganesh idols. It will distribute a total of six lakh idols made of clay this year.

Minister for animal husbandry T. Srinivas Yadav said Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) alone will distribute four lakh idols made of clay. Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) and Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) will distribute one lakh idols each.

Khairatabad Ganesh committee, which installs tallest idol every year, has agreed to use clay for its idol this year.

As part of the arrangements for the ensuing Ganesh Navaratri festivities beginning on August 31, Hyderabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand on Wednesday held a coordination meeting with all SHOs and senior officers of city police.

Anand gave a slew of instructions regarding setting up of idols, intimation forms and immersion of PoP s idols and clay idols, the procession routes and precautions.

With some of the SHOs and DCPs being fresh to the city police and doing this ‘bandobast’ for the first time, the CP and his staff officers spent a lot of time explaining the various aspects of the preparatory works for the biggest event in the calendar of Hyderabad City Police.

“Since January, all the festivals of various communities were conducted peacefully despite the huge turnout of crowds post-Covid, and so were so many other programmes and events. Those were all quarter finals and semi finals, Ganesh bandobast is the finals and I am sure u will all rise to the occasion and do equally well,” he told the officials.

The police chief said that the organisers must intimate the concerned SHOs about the setting up of the idol and obtain permission. Instructions were given to immerse PoP idols at baby/artificial ponds. The officials were given clarity about court orders.

There will be coordination meetings with the organisers of these mandapams at every level to decide about the installation so as not to inconvenience the general public. Power, water, barricading etc., will be discussed.

The peace committee members should be actively involved and precautions should be taken for watching social media and mischievous posts, the commissioner said.

The Ganesh festivities will conclude this year with immersion on September 9. Every year, thousands of idols are immersed in Hussain Sagar Lake in the heart of the city and dozens of other water bodies in and around the city.

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Owaisi brothers hoist Tricolour in Hyderabad


All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leaders Asaduddin Owaisi and Akbaruddin Owaisi on Monday hoisted the Tricolour in the old city of Hyderabad on the occasion of the country’s 75th Independence Day.

Like every year, Asaduddin Owaisi hoisted the Tricolour at Madina Circle near historic Charminar. The Hyderabad MP was accompanied by local leaders of the party and traders.

Asaduddin took to Twitter to convey best wishes to all on Independence Day. “Our ancestors fought against the British but they also fought for an India that was free from hunger, exploitation and tyranny. We must take their struggle forward. May Allah SWT protect our country from hate and oppression,” he wrote.

AIMIM floor leader in Telangana State Legislative Assembly Akbaruddin Owaisi hoisted the Tricolor at Fatima Owaisi KG to PG Educational Campus at Bandlaguda.

Students and faculty participated in the ceremony along with the MLA from Chandrayangutta constituency.

Independence Day celebrations were also held at Darussalam, the AIMIM headquarters.

Party joint secretary S.A. Hussain Anwar hoisted the national flag in the presence of party leaders and workers.

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Demolished mosque in Hyderabad to be rebuilt at same site: AIMIM


A mosque demolished by the municipal authorities at Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad four days ago will be reconstructed at the same site, a legislator of AIMIM said on Friday.

Kausar Mohiuddin, a member of the Telangana Assembly, along with other local leaders of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and local residents, offered Friday prayers at the same site in Green Avenue Colony where Masjid-e-Khaja Mahmood was razed on Tuesday.

After the prayers, he said the mosque would be rebuilt at the same place. He claimed that on the representation of AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, the state government has allowed reconstruction of the mosque.

Police had made tight security arrangements in the area to prevent any untoward incident. Only 50 people were allowed to offer Friday prayers.

The demolition of the mosque had triggered strong protest by local Muslims. AIMIM leaders had staged protests at the municipal office and at the office of Rangareddy district Collector.

Taking a serious note of the demolition, Owaisi made a representation to the government. The Municipal Administration department had formed a three-member committee, which visited the municipal office and the place where the mosque was demolished. It was made clear after the panel’s visit that the government will not create hurdles in reconstruction of the mosque.

The management committee of the mosque along with AIMIM leaders had handed over all documents relating to the approval for construction of the mosque to the municipal officials. They also demanded strong action against the officials responsible for demolition.

The mosque was constructed three years ago and local residents say daily five times Namaz including Friday prayers were being performed regularly.

The municipal authorities demolished the mosque by deploying bulldozers in the presence of police in the early hours of Tuesday. The action was taken on a complaint by a local resident that the place of worship was constructed without approvals.

The local Muslim residents, however, claimed that the mosque was built after obtaining all the approvals.

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With Police Towers, Hyderabad adds another iconic structure


Hyderabad on Thursday added another landmark with the inauguration of the state-of-the-art world class Integrated Command and Control Centre of Telangana State Police.

Built at a cost of Rs 600 crore, the iconic building has come up in upscale Banjara Hills in the heart of this technology hub whose landscape is already dotted with gleaming towers of several global IT giants.

With the networking the functioning of various units of the police under a single roof, the facility serves as the nerve centre to tackle crisis like law and order problems, natural calamity or other disasters.

The centre also has a helipad on the roof-top for emergency operations. This is claimed to be the first-of-kind facility in India and is modelled on the lines of command and control centres in New York and Chicago.

Equipped with the latest technology, the Police Towers, as the centre is also called, will help police to further improve the monitoring mechanism and cut down the response time across the state. The footage from about 10 lakh CCTV cameras installed across the state can be monitored from this facility.

With a built up space of 6.42 lakh square feet, the twin towers stand 272 feet tall and will also help in multi-agency operations for disaster management.

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao inaugurated the centre and offices of Hyderabad Police Commissioner, various wings of the police and a museum, showcasing the history of Telangana police.

Accompanied by Home minister Mohammed Mehmood Ali, Director General of Police M. Mahender Reddy, Hyderabad Police Commissioner C. V. Anand, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and other top officials, the chief minister went around the building and witnessed technology demonstration.

The centre comprises twin towers. Tower A, which is a 20-storeyed building has the Hyderabad City Police Commissionerate. Tower B has 15 storeys and it served as the ‘Technology Fusion Tower’ with all backups relating to Dial-100. Tower B will also have SHE safety, cyber and narcotics, crimes branches and incubation centre.

The building, comprising five blocks, has chambers for the chief minister, home minister and DGP. When required, they can monitor the crisis situation from the war room and give necessary instructions to law enforcement agencies and other departments.

The building also has a data centre equipped with the new technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for analytics in tackling the crimes. The centre has a 480-seater auditorium, a media and training centre.

Officials of not just police but also other government departments can monitor the situation for disaster management.

The building has parking space that can accommodate 600 four wheelers and 350 two-wheelers.

No wooden furniture has been used in the centre. Officials said the furniture has been designed out of recycled material. About 35 per cent of the land has been allotted for plantation.

The Police Command and Control Centre is a green building. With the glass facade, natural light allows the building to cut down on 50 per cent of energy consumption. Additionally, solar panels will generate up to 0.5 megawatts of electricity.

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Hyderabad’s Musi river in spate, two bridges shut


Two bridges across Musi river in Hyderabad were closed for traffic on Wednesday as flood water was overflowing them.

With the Musi in spate due to heavy inflows from upstream and discharge of flood water from twin reservoirs on the outskirts, traffic police closed Moosarambagh causeway and Chaderghat old bridge.

Traffic police erected barricades on both sides of the bridges, leading to huge traffic jam in Chaderghat, Malakpet, Moosarambagh and adjoining areas.

The traffic between Amberpet and Malakpet came to a halt while the movement of vehicles between Chaderghat and Malakpet was badly affected.

The usually busy bridges were completely flooded with river flowing over them. Residential areas close to river banks were also inundated. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) shifted the affected people to relief camps.

The river, which passes through the city, has been in spate since Tuesday due to massive inflows following heavy rains in upstream and catchment areas.

Twin reservoirs Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar continued to receive massive inflows due to heavy rains in Vikarabad and Chevella.

The inflows at Osman Sagar (Gandipet) increased to 8,000 cusecs. Hyderabad Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) has opened 13 gates up to six feet to release 8,281 cusecs of water in Musi river. The water level in Gandipet was 1,789.10 feet on Wednesday morning against Full Tank Level (FTL) of 1,790 feet.

Himayat Sagar was also receiving 10,000 cusecs inflow. The officials opened eight gates to release 10,700 cusecs of water into the river. The water level in this reservoir stood at 1762.70 feet against FTL 1763.50 feet.

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Heavy rains lash Hyderabad, other parts of Telangana


Heavy rains lashed Hyderabad and several other parts of Telangana on Friday, inundating low-lying areas and disrupting normal life.

Vehicular traffic was thrown out of gear in Hyderabad and outskirts due to heavy rains since morning. Roads were flooded at several places, causing severe hardships to the motorists.

Water logging was reported from some areas in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and outskirts. Water entered Paigah colony in Rasoolpura area of Uppuguda.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) deployed monsoon and Disaster Response Force (DRF) teams to attend to the complaints of water-logging.

Director of Enforcement, Vigilance, and Disaster Management of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation said the teams of DRF are on alert and attending to emergency calls. He advised citizens to be cautious against tree falls and structural collapses.

Traffic police also went on alert due to heavy rains in the city. Senior officers were on the field at various busy intersections to regulate traffic and check water logging points.

The police have appealed to commuters to defer their travel by at least one hour from the ceasing of heavy rains. This will allow rain water to drain out through the discharge outlets.

Heavy downpour was reported from areas like Suchitra, Chintal, Kompally, Secunderabad, Bowenpally, Marredpally, Tirumalgherry, Bolarum, Kushaiguda, Chilkalguda, Begumpet and Kapra.

Fruits were washed away in rain water at Batasingaram fruit market on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

The fresh spell of rains pounded the state even before the districts along Godavari river recovered fully from the recent heavy rains and floods.

Some colonies in Thorrur of Mahabubabad district were inundated. Massive rains lashed Tekkulapalli mandal in Bhadradri AKothagudem district cutting off road links at few places.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast rains in several parts of the state during the next three days.

Heavy to very heavy rains are likely at isolated places in Khammam, Suryapet, Mahabubabad, Warangal (Rural), Warangal (Urban) and Jangaon districts.

According to the Hyderabad Centre of the IMD, heavy rains are likely at isolated places in several districts including Hyderabad and adjoining Hyderabad and Medchal Malkajgiri districts.

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IIIT Basara students end protest after Telangana minister’s assurance


Students of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge and Technologies (RGUKT) in Telangana’s Nirmal district called off their week-long protest after education minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy gave an assurance that their problems will be solved in a phased manner.

The breakthrough came in the early hours of Tuesday after the minister held talks with the protesting students at RGUKT, popularly known as IIIT Basara.

The students announced that they will resume attending classes from Tuesday as the minister has given the assurance that all their demands will be met in a phased manner.

They had been demanding appointment of a regular vice chancellor and improvement in quality of food and other basic amenities.

With the students insisting for an assurance from the chief minister’s office or the minister, Sabitha Indra Reddy rushed to Basara from Hyderabad on Monday.

She was accompanied by Nirmal district collector Musharraf Ali Farooqi, IIIT Basara incharge vice chancellor Rahul Bojja, Telangana State Higher Education Council vice chairman Venkat Ramna, IIIT Basara director Satish Kumar, education commsioner Vakati Karuna, superintendent of police Praveen Kumar and local MLA Vithal Reddy.

The minister first held talks with the officials, who briefed her on the students’ demands and the progress made in the talks held with them by the collector and director.

Sabitha Indra Reddy subsequently held talks with 20-member Students’ Governing Council. The talks continued past midnight.

After the talks, the students said they were satisfied with the assurance of the minister to address their problems in the order of priority.

The students decided to call of the protest and resume attending classes.

The district collector said Rs 5.6 crore will be released immediately to the institution.

Earlier, students continued their protest for a seventh day on Monday to press for their demands.

Braving rains, they continued the sit-in at the main gate of the building.

The talks held by district collector andA director till early Monday morning failed to break the deadlock as the students insistedAhat a statement be issued from the chief minister’s office or education minister Sabitha Indra Reddy or information technology minister K. T. Rama Rao give a written assurance to solve their problems.

The students have complained that the food being served in the hostel mess is of poor quality. They alleged that on several occasions, small insects and frogs were found in the hostel food.

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High alert in Telugu states in view of ‘Bharat bandh’ call


Police and railway authorities remain on high alert in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in view of the ‘Bharat bandh’ call given by some organisations to protest against recently announced scheme Agnipath for Army recruitment.

Security was tightened at all major railway stations, offices of the Central government and Army recruitments authorities in both the Telugu states to prevent any protest by the Army job aspirants.

Railway police were keeping a tight vigil at all the major railway stations in the wake of June 17 violence at Secunderabad railway station.

Additional forces were deployed around the stations to prevent any attempt to stage a protest. The security personnel were checking vehicles and tickets of passengers to ensure that the protestors did not enter the stations.

There was high security at Secunderabad, Nampally, Kachegua stations in Hyderabad, Kazipet, Jangaon, Vijayawada, Guntur, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and other major stations.

Police have made it clear that there is no permission for Bharat bandh or protests. They have warned of stringent action against those participating in the protests.

Vijayawada Police Commissioner Kanti Rana Tata, Eluru SP Rahul Dev Sharma and other police officials have warned students and youth that if they indulge in any illegal activity and if cases are booked against them, this would render them ineligible for government jobs in future. They have also been told that if cases are booked they will not be issued passports.

Ever since the violence rocked Secunderabad station, authorities at other key stations in both the states remained on high alert. On June 18, Visakhapatnam railway station was closed for a few hours as a precautionary measure.

Following intelligence reports that army job aspirants may resort to similar protest, police in Andhra Pradesh were keeping a close vigil on suspects. As the role of some coaching institutes in instigating violence at Secunderabad has been confirmed by railway police, the owner of an institute has been detained.

Private coaching institutes train youth aspiring for jobs in the Army. There are about 2,000 aspirants in the Telugu states who had cleared the physical test and were awaiting the written test to be conducted. They were agitated as the written test was postponed several times due to various reasons, including the Covid-19 pandemic. After the Centre announced the Agnipath scheme on June 14 and the written exam was cancelled, the aspirants felt that they will be deprived of employment opportunities.

Railway police probing violence at Secunderabad station found that the owners of coaching institutes misguided these youth to stage protests on the lines of the one witnessed in Bihar on June 15 so that they could draw the attention of the Central government.

Several WhatsApp groups were created to mobilise youth from various districts. Police said they reached Hyderabad with a plan to create disturbances at Secunderabad station.

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72 trains cancelled following violence at Secunderabad station


Railway authorities have cancelled as many as 72 trains following large-scale violence that rocked Secunderabad railway station on Friday.

The South Central Railway (SCR) also partially cancelled 12 trains and diverted three others.

All trains originating from Secunderabad or passing through the station were cancelled following violent protest by hundreds of youth against the Central government’s new army recruitment policy “Agnipath”.

A SCR official said train services were suspended to ensure safety of the travelling public.

The cancellation of trains and the confusion that prevailed about operation of some trains caused severe inconvenience to passengers.

The cancelled trains include Hyderabad-Shalimar, Umdanagar-Secunderabad, Secunderabad-Umdanagar, and Secunderabad-Sainagar Shirdi.

Secunderabad-Repalle, which was to originate at Secunderabad, originated at Cherlapalli station.

Howrah-Secunderabad, Sirpur Kaghaznagar-Secunderabad, Hyderabad-Kurnool City and Guntur-Vikarabad were partially cancelled.

East Coast Railway announced cancellation of Danapur-Secunderabad and Patna-Ernakulam trains.

The SCR has set up a special help desk. Passengers can reach out to Help Desk No 040-27786666 for updates on train cancellations/ diversions and partial cancellations of trains.

The SCR also cancelled 66 MMTS trains or suburban local trains following the violence.

The protestors set afire bogies of at least four trains, vandalised the station and also torched goods being transported in trains.

One person was killed and four others injured when police opened fire to control the situation.

The protestors continued their sit-in on the tracks at the station for more than six hours.

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Why are oustees of Gauravelli reservoir project in Telangana on the warpath?


Gudatipally village in Siddipet district of Telangana is on the boil as people whose lands were acquired for building a reservoir are on the warpath demanding fair compensation.

The village and its surroundings have been witnessing protests, arrests and police lathicharge for the last three days.

The entry of opposition parties Congress and the BJP in support of the oustees has turned Gauravelli reservoir into a flashpoint.

The protest by the oustees turned violent on Tuesday when they staged a sit-in after police foiled their attempt to lay siege to local MLA V. Satheesh’s official residence. Some people, said to be workers of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), attacked the protesters, injuring a few.

The protesters were enraged at the police allowing TRS workers to attack them. The oustees and those supporting them pelted stones at the police injuring a few personnel. The police then resorted to a lathicharge and arrested some youths. The oustees later staged a protest at the police station demanding their release.

This came a day after a heavy police force entered Gudatipally village in the wee hours of Monday and took several people into custody. The police said it took some people into preventive custody as they were planning to stop officials from conducting a survey for trial runs.

The police came under attack from all opposition parties for its action. All India Congress Committee member Bakka Judson lodged a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission against the police.

The area remained tense on Wednesday as the villagers continued their protest. “There is no question of calling off our protest. We will continue to fight till we get the compensation,” said a farmer.

The oustees have vowed not to allow the authorities to go ahead with the work till they are given fair compensation.

Kisan Congress national vice-president Kodanda Reddy and former Congress MP Ponnam Prabhakar visited Husnabad and expressed solidarity with the protesters.

They demanded that the relief & rehabilitation package, double bedroom houses and compensation as per the Land Acquisition Act, 2013 be extended to all those eligible.

The Congress leaders along with the protesters tried to march to Finance Minister Harish Rao’s house with a convoy of trucks but were stopped by the police.

Police officials held talks with the Congress leaders and protesters and allowed 10 persons to proceed.

Meanwhile, Harish Rao alleged that the opposition parties have conspired to deny water for irrigation to the farmers of Husnabad. He said the Congress and the BJP were trying to extract political mileage from the issue.

He said the opposition parties had similarly stalled the work on Mallanna Sagar and Kondapochamma Sagar reservoirs.

Stating that the government has paid compensation to 98 per cent of the oustees, he appealed to the people not to fall into the trap of the opposition parties.

Harish Rao said the officials have already acquired 3,816 acres of land and only 84 acres are left to be acquired. He pointed out that the oustees are being paid a compensation of Rs 15 lakh per acre.

Out of the 937 families identified for the relief and rehabilitation package, compensation is to be paid to only two per cent oustees. “The reservoir is designed to provide irrigation water to one lakh farmers in Husnabad. Should we stop the project for the sake of two per cent people,” he asked.

The reservoir, which will get Godavari river water, was first designed in 2007 in undivided Andhra Pradesh for 1.14 tmcft. After the formation of Telangana state, it was redesigned as part of the Kaleshwaram project and the capacity was increased to 8.3 tmcft.

Godavari water will flow from the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) to the Mid Manair Dam and from there the water will be diverted to Thotapalli reservoir and then to the pump house of the Gauravelli project.

The authorities are going ahead with the work for the initially proposed dry run for 1.141 tmcft. As the motors to pump water into Gauravelli reservoir were brought from China and Japan, the officials are working to conduct the dry run to test their functioning.

The project is likely to submerge Gudatipally village. If the work is taken up for the full capacity of 8.3 tmcft, it is likely to submerge seven other surrounding villages.

The problems cropped up due to the difference in the amount of compensation paid to the oustees. Some oustees who were minors when their lands were acquired and have now become major are refusing the Rs 2 lakh compensation being offered to them. Some who had agreed to take plots are now demanding money as compensation.

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Drunk man hops on to moving police vehicle in Hyderabad


A man, who was in inebriated condition, created ruckus in Asif Nagar area of Hyderabad by climbing on to a moving police patrol car.

The incident occurred late on Monday night in Jhirra locality. A video of the man sitting on a moving police vehicle went viral over social media on Tuesday.

The man, who was later identified as Ajay Singh (28), damaged the windshied and side mirrors of the police patrol car.

The police patrol had reached the area after receiving information that a youth created ruckus and attacked some vehicles.

When the police team reached there and the patrol vehicle was moving slowly to clear the traffic, the man took the cops by surprise as he climbed on the moving vehicles. He continued screaming and damaged the vehicle.

Police personnel finally overpowered the man and arrested him. He has been booked for creating nuisance and damaging public and private property.

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