Communal tension grips Gajwel as mob assaults man, accuse him of urinating near Shivaji statue

A mob reportedly assaulted the man and paraded him naked through the town in Siddipet district on Monday. Police file six FIRs.

ByAjay Tomar

Published Jul 04, 2023 | 6:52 PM Updated Jul 04, 2023 | 9:41 PM

Gajwel Shivaji statue

Tension gripped Gajwel town in Telangana’s Siddipet district after a mob reportedly assaulted and paraded a man for allegedly urinating near the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji on Monday, 3 July.

Several videos that were widely circulated on social media showed the mob raising religious slogans while parading the man through the town.

A few organisations called for a shutdown in the town on Tuesday.

“There was some tension In the morning between two communities,” an officer with the Gajwal police told South First. “The law and order situation is now under control,” he added.

Incidentally, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao represents Gajwel in the state Assembly.

Six FIRs filed

The police filed six First-Information Reports (FIRs) in connection with the incident. The first one was filed against Mohammad Imran, who had allegedly urinated, and two of his associates, Ghouse and Zahir. It was filed based on a complaint by a member of the Bhagat Youth Association.

The complainant alleged that Ghouse and Zahir argued and hurled abuses at him while he was taking Imran to the police station after he “intentionally passed urine nearby Shivaji statue on Pidched Road”.

The three men were booked under sections 341, 324, 294, 295 and 149 of the IPC.

The second FIR was lodged by a policeman against some people from Sangapur village.

“When I reached Ambedkar Chowrastha on my way home, some Sangapur villagers attacked and tried to kill me. As a result, I received severe injuries on my head and right hand,” the cop said in his statement. He added that if not for his friends, he would have been killed.

The cops registered a case under IPC sections 188, 143, and 307.

Imran has been named in the third FIR along with nine others, including Ghouse and Zahir, for allegedly provoking communal tensions and preventing the police from discharging their duty.

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Mob also booked

Based on a complaint by one of their officers, the Gajwel police registered a fourth FIR against four men for disturbing law and order on Monday night.

The accused have been identified as Manohar Yadav, Swamy Begumpeta, Naveen alias Delli, and Mahesh.

“These persons gathered illegally at Ambedkar Circle in Gajwel and organised a dharna on the road by raising loud slogans and causing inconvenience to the public. When I and my staff reached there, they did not listen to us,” the officer stated in his complaint.

The details of the remaining FIRs are awaited. The report will be updated as soon as they are received.

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