Nirmal: To prevent untoward incidents in the wake of Sunday’s stone pelting incident in Nirmal, the police imposed Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) on Monday.
Karimnagar Range Deputy Inspector General of Police P Pramod Kumar is camping in the town to monitor the security measures.
Nirmal DSP T Manohar Reddy told Telangana Today that the Section 144 would be in force until March 28 and it would be extended if required. Several pickets were erected at sensitive locations of the town and patrolling has been intensified.
Around 400 policemen and special armed forces were deployed in the town. The police resorted to lathi-charge twice in the afternoon when a group pelted stones against cops near Gulzar Masjid of the town. “However, the situation is under control and preventive measures have been taken for stopping clashes,” added Manohar Reddy.
Mild tensions prevailed in Nirmal on Sunday night when an unidentified person, under the influence of alcohol, pelted stones at a religious structure of another community when devotees were taking out a procession as part of the Sri Rama Navami festival.
Nirmal police said windowpane of the religious structure was damaged when the accused, who was taking part in the procession, pelted stone at it. Following this, two groups gathered around 9 pm and started pelting stones, leading to tension.