Maharashtra : 2 dead, 100 shops set ablaze after communal violence in Aurangabad

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In Maharashtra’s Aurangabad, as the clashes broke out between two groups two people were killed and more than 35 were injured, including 10 policemen. It broke on Friday after illegal water connections belonging to members of a particular community were removed from Motikaranja area. The clashes soon flared up into rioting – many shops and vehicles were set on fire and there were incidents of stone throwing.

The areas hitted the most were Shahganj, Nawabpura, Rajabazaar and Angribaug which continued to remain calm but tense. Police were at the spot but failed to control violence and resorted to caning and firing teargas shells and plastic bullets to control the rampaging crowds. Prohibitory orders were subsequently imposed in the affected areas.

Aurangabad Police Commissioner Milind Bharambe said there were two rounds of violence, one Friday evening followed by another on Saturday, but “now the situation is under control.” He told to media that, “It was a small issue… It escalated due to rumours and the tensions spread… Some anti-social elements indulged in setting ablaze shops and vehicles in the locality.”

Deploying the units of the State Reserve Police Force, Indian Reserve Battalion from the city, besides rushing forces from neighbouring Beed and Jalna to maintain peace.

An official said in mumbai that ” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has been apprised of the matter while Minister of State for Home Deepak Kesarkar is rushing to Aurangabad to take stock of the situation.”

The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen President Asaduddin Owaisi appealed to Mr Fadnavis to take strong action against the troublemakers indulging in the rioting.

Aurangabad, located in Marathwada region of the state is world-renowned for the famous Ajanta-Ellora Caves, Bibi Ka Maqbara and other historical landmarks

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