HYDERABAD: Miscreants set fire to a prayer hall belonging to a sect of a community in Talabkatta on Sunday. Police suspect that the members of another sect of the same community could be behind the incident.
According to the Rein Bazar police, miscreants set ablaze the side walls made of cloth of a makeshift mosque, Masjid-e-Ibrahim-Khaleelullah, located at Madina Nagar in Yakutpura in the early hours of Sunday.
Four months ago, one Mohammed Khizer of Talabkatta had purchased the asbestos sheet-roofed house at Madina Nagar and converted it into a prayer hall recently.
According to police, people belonging to the Alhadees sect of Islam offer prayers at the place regularly.
When the incident happened, no one was inside the place of worship. "At about 5 am, I came here along with 15 others to offer Fajar prayers at the mosque and to our shock, we noticed that the mosque lock was broken and the holy Quran, Paras, Janimaaz and curtain walls on fire," Khizer said in his complaint to the police commissioner. Additional police commissioner Ch Dwaraka Tirumala Rao visited the spot.
Acting on the complaint lodged by Khizer, the Rein Bazar police registered cases under sections 153-A (spreading animosity between classes) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
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