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

Aurangabad clashes

According to the police, violent clashes continue on the night of Friday and people from both communities have fiercely attacked shops in the affected areas.

The deceased was identified as 62-years-old Jaganlal Bansile, who was a resident of the city's Shahaganj area.

As members of the two communities clashed, WhatsApp messages began to go viral apparently further fuelling the rioters.

"Three Assistant Commissioners of Police and around 10 policemen, besides more than 30 civilians have also been injured".

"The situation unfolded after two people entered into a fight in a hotel on Friday evening between 6 to 7 pm", said the Police Commissioner.

Several versions of the reason behind the riots too were doing rounds since last night. According to sources, the Aurangabad civic body had embarked on a demolition drive of unauthorized tap connections in the city's Moti Karanja area.

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While the first round of clashes took place over an illegal water tap connection, the cause for the subsequent rioting was not immediately known. Following this, a mob reportedly gathered at the spot and stone-pelting ensued. Hundreds of youths taking turned violent and indulged in stone pelting on streets.

The violence which thus began in Gandhinagar spread to other sensitive parts of the city, such as Shahganj, Nawabpura, Rajabazaar and Angribaug, which continued to remain tense. "Some anti-social elements indulged in setting ablaze shops and vehicles in the locality", Bharambe told the media.

Police forces were hurried to the neighborhood nevertheless they failed to control the violence and resorted to caning and shooting tear gas shells and plastic bullets to control the rampaging crowds.

However, Kesarkar denied allegations that police may have played a partisan role in the whole affair and said they managed to bring the situation under control very soon. Simultaneously, the police invoked section 144 of the CrPC prohibiting assembly of four or more persons in several parts of the city. Internet services too have been suspended in the area, the report added. "Meanwhile, I appeal to the people not to believe in any rumours".

"The police reached the scene on time, but could not control the mob, and the clashes later gained momentum", he said. In the tweet, the police also warned that strict action will be taken against any person found propagating such information.

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