GHMC poll violence: Cops book Owaisi brothers

akber and asad owasiHyderabad: Hours after booking a case against MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi, the South Zone police registered a case against party Assembly floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi for allegedly attacking a polling agent at Chandrayangutta.
Meanwhile MIM Malakpet legislator Ahmed Balala and his aides, who allegedly attacked deputy Chief Minister Mohd. Mahmood Ali’s son Azam Ali, and MBT leader Amjadullah Khan, walked out from police custody after securing bail from a local court on Wednesday.
Senior officials instructed the South Zone police to act tough on MIM workers who had run amok in the last hours of GHMC polling on Tuesday.
According to South Zone officials, Chandrayangutta police on Wednesday registered a case against Mr Akbaruddin Owaisi and his men for allegedly attacking BJP polling agent Vijay Kumar.
Jaganmet BJP candidate K. Mahender had lodged a police complaint alleging that MIM activists led by Mr Akbaruddin Owaisi had stopped and assaulted the polling agent. They had also allegedly snatched his cellphone.
“A case under various IPC sections for unlawful assembly, voluntarily causing hurt and criminal intimidation has been booked against Akbaruddin and his aides,” said Chandrayangutta police station house officer N. Rama Rao.
Earlier, Mir Chowk police had registered a case against Mr Asaduddin Owaisi and two others.
Special teams set up, videos collected
The case was registered under Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 427 (mischief causing damage), and 506 read with 149 of the IPC.
Mr Balala was booked by the police based on two separate complaints from Mr Azam Ali and Mr Amjadullah Khan. Mr Balala, who remained in police custody overnight, secured bail from the Nampally criminal court by Wednesday morning.
In another case, South Zone police officials said that Charminar MLA Ahmed Pasha Quadri was detained as a preventive measure and released on Tuesday.
The complaint filed against Mr Quadri by Congress candidate Md. Ghouse was being inquired into, police said.
Senior officials said they had collected evidence including videos of the various attacks and special teams had been formed in South Zone to probe each case.
“We are investigating all the cases. Action will be taken based on the findings of these probes,” said Hyderabad police commissioner M. Mahender Reddy.

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