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Two Dead as Communal Clashes Erupt in Maharashtra's Aurangabad

Two Dead as Communal Clashes Erupt in Maharashtra's Aurangabad

In order to contain the violence, police had fired tear gas shells.

While the actual reason behind the riots is yet to be ascertained, some reports indicate that the Aurangabad civic body, which embarked on a demolition drive of unauthorised tap connections, demolished one of the taps that belonged to a shrine.

Maharashtra Police has also imposed Section 144 of the CrPC in the city. After two groups clashed, incidents of arson were reported from Gandhinagar and Motikaranja. They also suspended internet services in some parts of the city.

At least one person died and more than 35 were injured, including 10 policemen, after clashes broke out between two groups in Maharashtra's Aurangabad, an official said.

Clashes broke out in the city two days ago following the removal of a water connection to a place of worship in Moti Karanja area.

Opposition Congress state President Ashok Chavan called upon the people to maintain peace and "foil the nefarious designs of communal and divisive forces" trying to spread social unrest between communities.

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Local eyewitness accounts said over three dozen shops mostly belonging to small businessmen, were reduced to ashes and many private vehicles and at last two police vans were also torched. The clashes left many injured, including police personnel.

Reportedly, a 17-year old resident of Rengtipura has succumbed to bullet injuries at MGM hospital.

"I himself had warned the Police Commissioner about the people who were trying to create communal unrest in the city, already a hyper sensitive place", Imtiyaz Jaleel said. The incident fuelled tensions, followed by spreading of rumours, which eventually resulted into stone pelting in nearby areas.

The worst-hit areas were Shahganj, Nawabpura, Rajabazaar and Angribaug which continued to remain calm but tense this evening. Aurangabad CP Milind Bharambe has appealed for peace and has ensured that the situation has been brought under control. The youths from different groups burned some shops and also attacking each other with some pelting stones.

Meanwhile, units of Indian Reserve Batallion (IRB) and companies of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) has been deployed in the Aurangabad city and neighbouring areas.


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