2 die in Aurangabad clashes

Pauline Gross
May 14, 2018

The incident resulted in clashes across the city through the night with several shops and vehicles, including police vans, being set ablaze by rioters.

Aurangabad: At least 2 individuals were murdered along with a lot more than 35 were injured, including 10 policemen, immediately after clashes broke out among 2 classes from Maharashtra's Aurangabad, an official stated.

Internet services remained suspended and prohibitory orders clamped under the CrPC section 144, banning assembly of people, were in force in the city, where large number of police personnel were deployed, a senior police official said.

Meanwhile, Special Inspector General of Police (Aurangabad range) Milind Bharambe, who is officiating as Aurangabad Police Commissioner, said: "The situation has returned to normal now". Petrol bombs and kerosenesoaked balls made of rags were found during a search operation, and more than a dozen people were taken into custody for interrogation, he said. According to the reports, one casualty has come to light. There has been no permanent Police Commissioner in the city for past two months, which was also the reason that violence ran rampant and couldn't be controlled in time.

The Maharashtra home minister appealed to "maintain peace and urged to not believe in rumours".

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Mr. Bharambe said police units had been brought in from adjoining districts.

People familiar with the matter said tension had been brewing in Moti Karanja for the last few days as the municipal corporation was carrying out a drive against illegal water connections. It escalated thanks to rumours as well as also the pressures spread... Moreover, Section 144 was imposed in the city following the chaos and violence.

Around 50 shops were gutted in the clashes, and hundreds of youths took to the streets to pelt stones, as the issue turned into a communal clash.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Saturday evening that the situation was now under control.

In another tweet he promised support to the ones who suffered loss of property in the clashes, while also ensuring them adequate legal help.

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