The Old City area in Hyderabad witnessed tension on Thursday after Majlis Bachao Tahreek (MBT) alleged that party workers from the AIMIM broke the locks of a library in Hafez Baba Nagar, and taken away valuable items.
MBT spokesperson Amjed Ullah Khan in a complaint to the Kanchanbagh police, alleged that the AIMIM workers were accompanied by the corporator of the Chandrayangutta Division, and stole computers, tables, chairs and books from the library after breaking in.
âThey threatened the local MBT workers of dire consequences if they run a library or any educational activities in the said building. The said property is purely a private property and such type of goondaism of the AIMIM party should be condemned. If necessary action is not taken, they may grab the entire property worth more than Rs 50 lakh. Necessary protection should be provided to local MBT workers also,â the complaint stated.
Amjed Ullah Khan said that the Hafez Baba Nagar Association-D Block had been running the library since 1994, and the AIMIM had been trying to grab the land and the building for its personal use.
âThey have attempted to take possession of the said building many times but by the timely help from the local police they failed in their illegal activity,â the complaint stated. However, the police claimed otherwise.
âAfter investigating, we realised that it is a GHMC property. They are building a Gym on that building,â M Shankar, inspector of Kanchanbagh Police Station told TNM. However, Amjed stated that the Kanchanbagh police was working in collusion with the AIMIM.
Earlier, MBT and AIMIM had a clash over unrest at the Moinbagh weekly vegetable market.
This was after AIMIM corporator of Moinbagh division, Saleem Baig, raised an objection over the weekly vegetable market which was been organised for the past three years, stating that it was causing civic issues.
The vendors, supported by the MBT, alleged that AIMIM workers had been collecting âmamoolâ (protection money) from them.