Mecca Masjid blast anniversary: Tight security in Hyderabad
Hyderabad: Police tightened security in Hyderabad Saturday for the sixth anniversary of the bomb blast at the historic Mecca Masjid, officials said. Additional police forces including the personnel from the paramilitary Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in the old city, especially around the mosque and the Charminar, the symbol of Hyderabad.
Nine people were killed and 58 injured in the bomb blast during Friday prayers May 18, 2007 at the 17th century mosque, one of the biggest mosques in India. Minutes later, five more people were killed when the police opened fire on a mob staging a protest near the mosque.
A police officer said armed pickets were posted in sensitive areas, as a precautionary measure, in view of the incidents that took place in the past. Patrolling and vehicle checking were intensified since Friday. Terror suspect Vikaruddin and his gang had targeted policemen on the blast anniversaries in 2009 and 2010, killing a home guard and a police constable.