Akbaruddin Owaisi attack: Cops smoked out accused from hideout with stealth

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Akbaruddin Owaisi

HYDERABAD: In the aftermath of the murderous attack on MIM legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi, the Hyderabad police faced one of its toughest law and order challenges. To control irate MIM supporters and agitated citizens in several pockets of Old City, police had to act swiftly. Task Force detectives managed to control the situation by rounding up the main suspects within a span of a few hours.

After the attack on Owaisi, large pockets of the city were in a frenzy. Rumours were spreading thick and fast. The then Hyderabad police commissioner A K Khan immediately assigned the job of picking up the main suspects from Mohammed Bin Omer Yafai alias Mohammed Pahelwan’s family to the task force police.

“Immediately after the attack, all the suspects left their houses. Some went into hiding, while others were guarded by a team of pahelwans. Our job was to nab the suspects in the highly charged and volatile situation,” Adilabad superintendent of police (SP) M Srinivas, who was the then Additional DCP of Task Force, told TOI.

Police got information that the prime suspect, Mohammed Pahelwan, who was acquitted in the case by the court on Thursday, was at Yashoda Hospital, where his injured family members were admitted.

“My team, comprising inspector Mohan Kumar and I, reached the hospital in mufti and noticed that Mohammed Pahelwan was surrounded by over 100 supporters. I moved close to Pahelwan and, after telling him who I was, I asked him to quietly come with the team without causing any trouble,” the SP said. A cop, who was part of the operation, told TOI that they even put a pistol to the waist of an unruly suspect as a warning to prevent him from causing any trouble.

Probably realising that being in the custody of Task Force detectives was the safest option at that time, Mohammed Pahelwan asked his supporters not to cause any trouble and went with police. Subsequently, based on the information given by Mohammed Pahelwan, Task Force police picked up other accused from different places, including houses and lodges, in the city.

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