As Bakrid festival coinciding with Ganesh immersion, cops have put restrictions in place for the sale of sheep at Saidabad crossroads as it is a part of the immersion procession route.According to cops, Saidabad crossroads is treated a sensitive area. This has prompted senior officers to take the decision of restricting the movement of sheep traders who engage in trade on the main road.
There are as many as 500 sheep traders who set up booths. The series of shops begins from the Government Printing Press and end at the Akbarbagh Corssroads, spread over a stretch of about a kilometre.
A cop from the Saidabad police station said that We are not allowing the sale of sheep this year opposite Chanchalguda jail and along the Government Printing Press. With the help of Roads and Building Department, we have erected barricades on the main road. Most of the Ganesh processions on fifth and seventh days of immersion go through Saidabad crossroads and devotees return using the same route. Allowing traders to bring in thousands of sheep would be problematic.
Cop has also mentioned that it would be a nightmare to control crowds and the sheep and Apart from this, watch towers have also been erected at the same place. Cops manning each tower will be provided binoculars so as to keep a close watch on the proceedings. However, the elaborate security arrangements have invited the ire of local businessman.
Mohammed Adil Omer, a trader said that there business will be affected largely this year. The police should have selected another route for processio. When contacted, Malakpet division assistant commissioner of police Ch Sudhakar said that It has been found that most sheep traders encroach the main road. If organised efforts are not made to avoid any unwanted incident, there are chances of troublesome events occur between communities.Cops have requested consumers to buy sheep from other markets in the city.
While the market in Saidabad was closed, those at Toli Chowki, Mehdipatnam and Amberpet were warming up to do brisk business. Around 60 stalls were set up along Yusuf Tekri and the compound wall of the Army garrison at Mehdipatnam.