Monday, 17 December, 2018

2 killed, 50 hurt as riots break out in Aurangabad

Police deployed at Maharashtra’s Aurangabad after clashes between two communities on Friday Police deployed at Maharashtra’s Aurangabad after clashes between two communities on Friday
Gerardo Duncan | 13 May, 2018, 01:09

Police had to resort to teargas shelling to contain the situation.

The violence erupted late on Friday following a trivial local incident which angered members of a particular community in Motikaranja area. "Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed, if group of people are found to be breaking the curfew we will take strict action against them".

Aurangabad: Two people died in clashes that ensued between two groups in Maharashtra's Aurangabad city. At least 10 policemen have been injured including three junior officers. They also suspended internet services in some parts of the city.

"It was a small issue". Before, information about the two incidents went viral on the social media. Another elderly person was killed in a gas cylinder explosion that took place in a shop that was set on fire by rioters.

Tension escalated in the nearby areas of Gandhinagar, Moti Karanja and Rosa Bagh as well.

An hour later, one more group clash was reported from Shahganj locality.

The officials have appealed to the people of the city to remain calm and not get misled by rumour-mongers. Over 40 vehicles were torched and shops from Shahgunj and Chelipura area were set ablaze.

Speaking to The Indian Express, the acting commissioner of Aurangabad police, Milind Bharambe, urged both communities to maintain peace.

The leader of Opposition in Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said Fadnavis should own up moral responsibility for failing to prevent the riots and submit his resignation.

"This is intelligence failure and the government needs to conduct a judicial inquiry into the riots", NCP leader Dhananjay Munde said, while the leader of opposition in state legsilature Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said that the state needs a full-time home minister to handle worsening law and order situation and hance Fadnavis should resign from the post.

In wake of the clash, Asaduddin Owaisi, President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen said his party will provide all the necessary aid.

Located in the Marathwada region of the state, Aurangabad is world-renowned for its Renowned Ajanta-Ellora Caves, Bibi Ka Maqbara along with other historical landmarks.

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