Two Dead as Communal Clashes Erupt in Maharashtra's Aurangabad


Meanwhile, at least ten policemen have been injured including three junior officers, the Indian Express reported.

Section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed in the city'.

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 clashes ensued between 2 groups after illegal water connection to a "religious place" was reportedly disconnected.

With rumours spreading fast and several parts of Aurangabad tense on Saturday morning, Internet was suspended and section 144 was imposed in various parts of the city. Hundreds of youth came out on the street and indulged in stone pelting last night. Reports stated that friction was first reported between two communities after the municipal team cut the illegal water pipeline of a mosque and didn't cut the connection of a temple following pressure from locals. Later, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi took to his twitter and said that CM Devendra Fadnavis should order a probe especially a role of "Racchu Pahelwan".

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The police has registered six cases till now pertaining to rioting and arson, and officials said that more complainants are coming forward. "The clashes were engineered by certain anti-social elements and we appeal to residents not to believe in rumours doing the rounds on Whatsapp and other social media", said Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil. "Seven companies of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and one company of riot control police have now been deployed there", Bharambe said.

There was riot-like situation from 10-11 pm on Friday, he said, adding that the clashes erupted over trivial issue of "parking a small vehicle".

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

"I would like to appeal to the people of Aurangabad to remain peaceful and not take the law into their own hands", said Aurangabad acting Police Commissioner Milind Bharambe.

The police have also warned that strict action will be taken against any person found propagating such information.