Aurangabad clashes: Section 144 imposed after 1 killed, 10 cops injured

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Aurangabad (Maharashtra): At least two people have been killed and over forty have been left injured following communal violence which erupted between two communities Friday night in Aurangabad - the important city in Maharashtra's Marathwada region. Almost 100 shops were gutted in fire after the violent mob set ablaze several shops and vehicles. In certain pockets, police resorted to lathi-charge and lobbing tear gas shells to control the crowd.

Section 144 of the CrPC was later imposed in Aurangabad city. Reportedly, the clashes between the groups took place after the illegal water connection to a religious place was disconnected. This incident fuelled tensions in neighbourhoods such as Motikaranja, Raja Bazar, Shahgunj, Chelipura and Anguribagh, where groups of people pelted stones at each other.

Internet services were immediately suspended following the violence. He said, "I have requested Advocate Khizar Patel to ensure that people whose shops are burned or damaged must give a complaint to concerned Police Station and get FIR registered, MIM party Will inshallah provide Aid & relief through its MIM relief Trust but request people to maintain peace". Apart from that almost 30 people are injured in clashes. "Some anti-social elements indulged in setting ablaze shops and vehicles in the locality", Bharambe told the media. Two men have lost their lives in the clash.

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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, an official said in Mumbai.

The police also fired in order to control the rioters, in which one child was injured. At present, a large number of security forces are deployed in the city and stress situation remains.

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