Mild tension prevailed at Hussainialam area in Hyderabad's old city on Wednesday night after a clash between two groups from different communities. While some media reports suggested that the fight was communal in nature, others suggested that the argument broke out over a personal issue.
As several people began joining the clash, senior police officials including Hyderabad Commissioner Anjani Kumar rushed to the spot with reinforcements and brought the situation under control. The incident took place near Palki Garden Function Hall at Koka-ki-Tatti under the jurisdiction of the Hussainialam police.
Two people suffered injuries in the melee and were rushed to Osmania General Hospital (OGH) for treatment.
Speaking to reporters, a police officer said, "The dispute was related to parking vehicles of those who came to attend a marriage. As soon as the police received information about the clash, we rushed to the spot. The situation is completely under control and everyone has been dispersed. Even then, keeping the sensitivity of the area in mind, we have deployed additional police personnel here. We are monitoring the situation closely."
Asked if they identified and arrested any of the miscreants behind the tussle, the officer said, "As of now, we focused on dispersing the crowd. We will identify those responsible and take action accordingly."
The old city area of Hyderabad is a communally sensitive area and witnesses sporadic outbursts of mild violence on the streets.
In October last year, a large number of Shia Muslims gathered outside a mosque at Etebar Chowk and alleged that Brother Imran, the President of the Islamic Research and Education Foundation made alleged 'derogatory remarks' that offended the Shia community in the city.
As a video of his speech was streamed live on social media even as others recorded it and shared it via WhatsApp, a large number of Shia Muslims gathered outside the mosque and raised slogans, which forced top officials of the police including Hyderabad Commissioner Anjani Kumar to rush to the spot.