Adilabad: Two persons died and seven others were injured when two groups from the same community clashed over loud music being played at a religious function at Gundala village in Echoda mandal on Wednesday.
The condition of one of the injured was stated to be critical. A large contingent of policemen was deployed at Gundala to prevent untoward incidents and the situation was under control.
In-charge Superintendent of Police M Rajesh Chandra, in a statement, said the deceased were Shaik Zaheeruddin (60) and Shaik Jan (55), natives of Gundala. Three women and four men were among the injured. One of the injured was shifted to a hospital in Hyderabad. A total of 23 persons have already been detained for their alleged role in the conflict.
According to the statement, the clash broke out when members of a group belonging to Shaik Mobin, an MPTC member, raised objection to the loud music played through DJ system by another group from sarpanch Shaik Rasheed’s side while they were celebrating the annual Urs festival in the village. The members also informed the local police.
This angered members of Rasheed’s group who resorted to allegedly attacked the members of Mobin groups with large sticks, axes and knives. In retaliation, the members of Mobin group thrashed their opponents with the sticks and some weapons, triggering tension. Consequently, Zaheeruddin and Jan died on the spot.
Echoda police rushed to the spot, dispersed the mob and brought the situation under control. Nirmal in-charge SP Praveen Kumar reached the village and took stock of the situation. Police pickets were posted in the villages to prevent further clashes. Around 200 policemen including a DSP, six Inspectors and 20 Sub-Inspectors were pressed into service to bring the situation under control.
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