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SHRC seeks govt to submit report on old city situation

Posted on Nov 15, 12:33PM | UNI

Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) today directed the Chief Secretary, the DGP and the city Commissioner of Police to submit a report within 48 hours on the situation in old city, particularly Charminar area.

The commission was responding on a complaint filed by the Muslim organiSations, including Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader complaining that an 'economic blockade' was implemented in the Charminar area as a result of which the Muslim population was affected.

In the complaint, the Muslim organisation also alleged that the Congress government created a curfew-like situation around the historic Charminar to hurt the Muslim community economically.

The police restrictions were causing severe hardships to people in the old city and causing huge losses to traders and footpath vendors around the 400-year-old monument, they stated.

The organisations also called on the City Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma to immediately lift the restrictions.

The markets around Charminar remained closed for the fourth consecutive day today due to the tense situation gripped following alleged expansion of a Bhagyalakshmi temple abutting the monument.