Police cordon and search ops targeting Muslim localities in Hyderabad see normalisation of military tactic in India’s most liveable city
Salma (name changed), 45, had a perfectly normal afternoon. She cooked for herself and her son, had lunch and offered prayers. At 4 pm, she went to a nearby store to pick up groceries. By the time Salma returned, there were around 100 members of police personnel in her area. Residents of the locality recalled that there were at least five police vehicles stationed in the area, every approach road had at least two police personnel manning it and a couple of roads had barricades placed to restrict movement.
The police had split into smaller teams and were demanding to see Aadhaar cards, vehicle registration documents and asking other questions such as whether it was an owned house or rented. At Salma’s doorstep were seven cops – four men and three women.
This was not in a village rife with frequent unrest along India’s International Border. Nor was there a terror attack or a spike in crime. This was in Hyderabad, voted the top Indian city on Mercer’s Quality of Living rankings for the fifth consecutive year in March 2019. This incident from 6 January was part of a “cordon and search operation” by the Telangana Police that was conducting a search in Salma’s locality, Shakkar Gunj, a 15-minute drive from the Charminar.…
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