BJP leaders detained, police lathi-charge on party workers
Police detained Several leaders and workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today when they took out a rally in protest against the denial of permission by the police to organise festival at Bhagyalakshmi temple at Charminar in the old city.
Hundreds of BJP workers led by party's state president G Kishan Reddy marched from Sundaraiyya Park at Baghlingampally to Indira Park.
Senior BJP leaders,including Dr K Lakhman, Bandaru Dattatreyya, Baddam Bal Reddy, NVS Prabhakar and B Venkat Reddy also participated in the rally.
They shouted slogans against the city police, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) and the Congress government.
During the rally, some BJP workers had a verbal dual with the police personnel which escalated the tension in the area.
However, police disbursed the workers by resorting to mild lathi-charge.
Later, the police detained all BJP leaders and workers.
They were shifted to Nampally, Gandhi Nagar and Regimental Bazar and Musheerabad police stations and released later.
Talking to reporters Mr Reddy alleged that the city police was acting at the behest of MIM, which was deliberately hurting the sentiments of the Hindu community.
He alleged that the MIM leaders were trying to disturb the peace and communal harmony, especially in the old city.
The BJP president also alleged that the MIM leaders were blackmailing even Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.