Two Dead as Communal Clashes Erupt in Maharashtra's Aurangabad

Marsha Scott
May 14, 2018

In a shocking incident, at least 100 shops were gutted and vehicles were set on fire in Maharashtra's Aurangabad city after a clash broke out between two groups in Aurangabad.

Clashes ensued between two groups allegedly after illegal water connection to a "religious place" was disconnected. The district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure banning assembly of people and suspended Internet services.

Bharambe said that three FIRs had been registered in connection with incidents of riots and arson that took place between different parts of Aurangabad between 10 pm on Friday and 4 am on Saturday. It quoted an unidentified police official as saying that an independent corporator was responsible for instigating the violence. As per initial reports, one person has been killed but it is yet to be confirmed by authorities or law enforcement agencies. Even the clashes soon flared into rioting - lots of shops and vehicles were put on fire and there were still episodes of rock projecting. "The clashes were engineered by certain anti-social elements and we appeal to residents not to believe in rumours doing the rounds on Whatsapp and other social media", said Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil.

We have deployed adequate police force in the area to avoid any untoward situation.

The tension, coupled with rumours resulted in stone pelting in the adjoining areas of Motikaranja, Raja Bazar, Shahgunj, Chelipura, Anguribagh.

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The worst-hit areas were Shahganj, Nawabpura, Rajabazaar and Angribaug which continued to remain calm but tense this evening. Hundreds of youths taking turned violent and indulged in stone pelting on streets.

AIMIM chief also said that peace must prevail in the city.

The police said they have taken control of the situation in the city in the Marathwada region, 350 km from Mumbai. Moreover, Section 144 was imposed in the city following the chaos and violence.

Aurangabad CP Milind Bharambe appealed people to maintain peace and warned of strict action against those found breaking curfew.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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