Communal clashes in Aurangabad over water, Sec 144 imposed

Queried if the riots were pre-meditated and if there was an intelligence failure, the minister evaded a direct reply but said: "We can not ignore the fact that miscreants threw Mirchi powder at people and flung bottles filled with petrol (to set vehicles and places on fire) Significantly, the rioting took place simultaneously at three to four localities".

The clash between two groups reportedly broke out as the water connection to a religious place was disconnected in Motikaranja.

Police forces were rushed to the locality but they failed to control the violence and resorted to caning and firing teargas shells and plastic bullets to quell the rampaging crowds, according to media report.

The district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure banning assembly of people and suspended Internet services, said a senior police official. The report quoted Aurangabad commissioner of police Milind Bharambe as saying, "I appeal to the citizens to maintain peace, do not take law in your own hands".

More than a dozen people were taken into custody for interrogation, he said.

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The police also fired in order to control the rioters, in which one child was injured. According to doctors, most of those admitted in hospital have injuries because of stone pelting. It escalated thanks to rumours as well as also the pressures spread...

Even the worst-hit are as were Shahganj, " Nawabpura, Rajabazaar and also Angribaug which continued to remain calm but stressed.

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. Moreover, Section 144 was imposed in the city following the chaos and violence.

"We will initiate stern action against persons found guilty irrespective of the community that belong to".

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has been apprised of the matter Minister of State for house Deepak Kesarkar is hurrying to Aurangabad to accept stock of the scenario, an official stated in Mumbai.

  • Sonia Alvarado