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GHMC Poll: Asaduddin Owaisi's Supporters Thrash TPCC Leaders

Tension prevailed in the Old City of Hyderabad on the day of polling in the Hyderabad municipal election after a clash erupted between Congress and All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party workers, who were led by Asaduddin Owaisi, their party chief and Hyderabad MP. Some Congress leaders including Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) chief Uttam Kumar Reddy and Mohammed Ali Shabbir received minor injuries in the incident. Reddy's vehicle was damaged.

Policemen remained mute spectators as hundreds of supporters of both parties converged at the place in a short span of time and tempers threatened to boil over. The incident occurred as the Congress leaders were about to leave the Mir Chowk police station after the release of a Congress candidate, Mohammed Ghouse, on bail. Just then, around 200 AIMIM workers led by Owaisi arrived at the police station and a heated argument ensued. Some of the AIMIM workers turned their ire on the vehicle of Uttam Kumar Reddy and smashed its windscreen. Shabbir Ali and Reddy were rushed into the police station by policemen. The police immediately launched a lathi charge to scatter the crowd.

Reddy alleged he was assaulted by AIMIM workers when he and his party members were coming out of the police station. Reddy was there to receive Congress contestant Mohammed Ghouse, who had earlier in the day been arrested over a clash with AIMIM workers at Shah Ali Banda. The AIMIM's Charminar MLA Pasha Qadri too was arrested in that incident.

Ghouse, was earlier in the AIMIM and had in the past served as the Shah Ali Banda corporator for that party. He defected to the Congress after he was denied a ticket to contest the Charminar Assembly election in the 2014 elections. He was a candidate of the Congress from Puranapul division in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Speaking to the media after the incident, Uttam Kumar Reddy condemned the attack and demanded action against Owaisi. He alleged that the ruling party Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) and AIMIM were hand-in-glove to misuse power.

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