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Posted on Dec 06, 09:03PM | UNI
The Black Day call given by various Muslim organisations to mark the 20th anniversary of demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya passed off peacefully across Andhra Pradesh today.
The call given by these organisations evoked mixed respone in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad even though the bandh was total in the old city. Shops and business establishments in almost all areas remained closed and a majority of educational institutions too declared a holiday.
All the markets around Charminar remained closed and even the lanes and by-lanes in the Old City wore a deserted look till afternoon.
Elaborate security arrangements were made in the Old City and paramilitary forces were deployed in the sensitive areas. The Roads leading towards Charminar were closed for the general traffic. Police have erected barricades and barbed wires at Panch Mohalla, Gulzar Houz, Moti Galli and Sardar Mahal.
Senior officials including Additional Commissioners Sandeep Shandilya and CV Anand and South Zone DCP Akun Sabharwal personally monitored the situation.
The officials felt relieved after the Zohar prayers passed off peacefully at historic Mecca Masjid. A few minutes after the Zohar prayers, the movement of general traffic around Charminar was restored.
Elaborate security cover was given by the police to the Bhagyalakshmi Temple abutting Charminar.