1000 trouble makers in Hyderabad go under ground
Expecting arrests by police, around 1,000 political workers and right-wing activists including two corporators have gone underground.
Raja Singh, 45, TDP corporator from Mangalhat and M Vaikuntam, 50, BJP corporator from Goshamahal left their homes on Tuesday night and remained incommunicado.
Raj Singh has been a member of the Hindu Vahini for a long time as well as a member of the Goshala Rakshak Samiti. He was the prime accused in a 2003 murder case of a pastor who was killed for carrying out religious conversions in the Tapachabutra area. After the murder, a history sheet was opened against his name at Tapachabutra police station. He is reported to have gathered more than 5,000 people and marched towards Muslimjung bridge on Saturday night following news of clashes at Peepal Hanuman temple. It was this clash that triggered the present round of communal clashes. Police suspect that he is the person who orchestrated the attacks on religious places near Puranapul area.
Vaikuntam is believed to be a close associate of former BJP leader Ala Narendra. Police sources say that he visited the Begum Bazaar Chatri area where the police had to resort to a lathicharge after a Bajrang Dal activists went on the rampage on Tuesday evening. He is suspected to have played a key role in mobilising people to take part in the Hanuman Jayanthi rally that was taken out from Gowliguda to Tadbund on Tuesday and which triggered violence en route.