Stirred up, evidently, by fiery khutaba in the mosques on Friday, Muslims go on a cartoon rampage in India. “Muslims go on rampage against controversial cartoon,” from Newindpress.com, with thanks to Twostellas:
HYDERABAD: The controversial cartoon in a Danish newspaper had its echo in the Old City of Hyderabad with thousands of Muslims going on rampage after the prayers in Mecca Masjid in the afternoon.
Over a dozen persons were injured even as unruly mobs indulged in stone pelting and looting of shops in at least six police station limits of the Old City. As the day passed, protests spread to other parts of the city and the tension heightened with BJP activists taking out rallies condemning the violence and demanding action against the guilty.
The All India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) called a meeting inside Mecca Masjid this afternoon to protest the Danish cartoons. MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi, MLAs Akbaruddin Owaisi and others participated in the meeting.
After the prayers, a strong mob of about 10,000 came out of the mosque even as hundreds of police personnel including Rapid Action Force commandoes stood guard.
Taking the police by surprise, the agitators split into small groups and moved in different directions pelting stones at shops, RTC buses and vehicles. By the time the police reacted, it was a bit late and the mobs looted some shops and set ablaze a couple of vehicles.
They also burnt Denmark national flag raising slogans. Some of the miscreants even used acid bulbs indicating that the attacks were pre-planned.