Police foil BJP protest in Hyderabad, detains MLA

Police in Hyderabad detained BJP MLA Raghunandan Rao and other party leaders and workers on Monday as they were trying to stage protest over alleged attack on "gau rakshaks" here last week.

The MLA from Dubbak was detained at LB Nagar as he was heading to Karmanghat area to lead the sit-in.

Police also stopped and detained other BJP functionaries when they were proceeding towards Karmanghat. Holding BJP flags and raising slogans against the Chief Minister, they tried to resist the police action.

The protestors alleged that the police booked false cases against "gau rakshaks".

Two groups had clashed in Karmanghat on February 22 after some youth claiming to be "gau rakshaks" stopped a vehicle transporting cattle.

The driver of the vehicle was injured in the attack by cow vigilantes. Two other men who were in the vehicle called others and they chased and attacked cow vigilantes who took shelter in nearby temple.

The incident had triggered tension in the area and led to protests by a mob which pelted stones on police and