An alert police on Saturday averted what could have been a communal incident at the communally sensitive town of Bhainsa in Adilabad district. A visit to the town by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi sparked off a protest by activists of the Hindu Vahini who pelted stones towards the convoy of the MP. The stones missed the vehicles.
According to information reaching here, Mr. Owaisi had arrived at Bhainsa to inaugurate a jewellery shop of a party worker. The Hindu Vahini activists took out a rally protesting the MP’s stand in refusing chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan.
About 100 activists took out a rally from Narsimha temple to the Tahsildar office to submit a memorandum. The timing coincided with the arrival of the MP in a cavalcade of cars.
The police confined the protesters to the Tahsildar’s office. However, the latter managed to pelt stones towards the vehicles but missed them.
As tension grew in town, the market closed and soon police pickets were also set up. The presence of police, contingents of which had been roped in from Nizamabad, Adilabad and Nirmal towns prevented any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, the police provided escort to Mr. Owaisi who inaugurated the shop half an hour before the scheduled time and left for Hyderabad. Bhainsa DSP Ande Ramulu and Nirmal DSP T. Manohar Reddy supervised the operation which included placing of pickets and preventive custody of a handful of protesters.