Adilabad: Normalcy was restored in Gundala village of Echoda mandal on Thursday after two warring groups from the same community clashed with each other, resulting in the death of two elderly men and injuries to seven persons on Wednesday.
In-charge SP Rajesh Chandra said the situation was under control at the conflict-hit Gundala village, following a slew of efforts made by the Police Department. As many as 430 policemen were deployed to prevent untoward incidents at the village. A total of 22 persons were identified to be involved in the clashes, he stated.
Rajesh Chandra, who was camping at the village since the outbreak of the conflict, toured different streets. He consoled the kin of the victims of the clashes and instilled confidence among the residents. He reviewed the situation and security measures. He said the accused were already detained and search was on for remaining perpetrators.
The IPS officer further said the two groups were at loggerheads to derive political mileage for quite a long time. He stated that steps would be taken to ensure that the accused get punished. He added consultations would be held to find a permanent solution and to prevent similar conflicts in future.
The in-charge SP said police patrolling would continue in the village for some more days, and promised all support to the family members of the victims.
Additional SP B Vinod Kumar and his Nirmal counterpart A Ram Reddy, ASP Harshavardhan, DSP M Vijay Kumar, Inspectors Y Ramesh Babu, J Krishna Murthy, B Sripal, G Venu, M Vamshi Krishna, K Mallesh, M Mohan, Venkatesh, 36 SIs and 150 armed personnel and 210 policemen belonging to Nirmal, Kumram Bheem Asifabad and Mancherial were pressed for bandobast.
Final rites of the siblings Shaik Zaheeruddin (60) and Shaik Jan (55) were held amidst tight security. Medical condition of critically injured Siraj, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Hyderabad, is stable.
The members of the two groups attacked one another using sticks, knives and axes over loud music during a religious procession, triggering tension on Wednesday.
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