Emergency announced Telangana’s Nizamabad; tensions erupt over Shivaji statue

Section 144 was imposed on Bodhan town of Nizamabad district, Telangana, on Sunday after two groups protested and pelted each other with stones over the installation of a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, police said. Teargas shells to disperse the crowd brought the situation under control. A constable was injured in the stone-hurling and sent for a medical examination, said the police.

According to them, the statue was placed by one group, which was opposed by another. This resulted in protests and stone-hurling. Police pickets were set up and preventive arrests were being made, another senior police official in charge of law and order informed the media. No permission was obtained for installing the statue, said the official. Additional policemen were deployed and peace was ensured, he said.

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