Police draw flak from Hyderabad residents

Hyderabad, September 30: Police zealousness to maintain law and order in the communally sensitive city in wake of the Allahabad High Court judgement in the Ayodhya title suit today drew flak from certain quarters here.

Locals complained that police created a virtual curfew -like situation by forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters since 12 noon, a charge strongly denied by the Andhra DGP.

State-run Road Transport Corporation withdrew majority of its city services since afternoon, leaving people stranded at many places.

The normally-crowded main roads wore a deserted look as people started heading home. Around 30,000 police personnel were deployed in the city.

“Police have no business to disrupt public life.

Rather than instilling confidence among people, police themselves created a sense of insecurity,” Sambasiva, a senior business executive, said while venting his ire at police “over -action”.

DGP K Aravinda Rao, however, denied having enforced a bandh in the city.