At least 15 persons received injuries during what can be called as group clashes between two communities in the communally sensitive Bhainsa town of Nirmal district on Monday.
Arson, loot, stone pelting and burning of over 17 houses belonging to majority community reported from Korva Galli, Kishan Galli, Purana Bazar and Zulfiqar colony etc. where the majority of minorities reside. It was free for all on Sunday night till early in the morning with one group attacking the other in the above areas burning down 18 houses besides setting 24 2-wheelers, a car, and an auto-rickshaw on fire.
Everything was over by the time the District administration had swung into action who imposed 144 section in these areas. However, the administration said to have deployed military besides additional forces brought in from Jagtiyal, Siddipet, Ramagundem, and Sircilla etc.
According to a local journalist, it all began after a group of people belonging to Hindu Vahini organisation objected to a local youth from riding his bike with heavy noise in Korvagalli area who in turn went and brought a group of people from outside who picked up an argument with them leading to stone-pelting incident causing injuries to many including 2 policemen. The group later went berserk attacking people with lathis and stones, burning down houses, vehicles at will.
However, the District Collector informed that the situation in Bhaimsa is under control and no untoward incident was reported so far. It is said undeclared curfew has been clamped in the city.
Meanwhile, the lone BJP MLA from city Raja Singh declared last night that he would visit Bhainsa today following which the police had put him in the house arrest fearing that his visit might trigger further violence in the area. The BJP MP from Nizamabad Aravind was denied permission to visit the area after he tried along with the BJP leaders including former MLC Ramachander Rao from Hyderabad.