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Maharashtra: Police deployed in violence-affected area of Aurangabad; Sec 144 imposed

14 May 2018

However, at least 10 policemen injured in the violence. Internet services were also suspended. The clashes soon flared up into rioting - many shops and vehicles were set on fire and there were incidents of stone throwing. Reports suggest that Police are suspecting the role of an independent corporator for instigating the violence.

Clashes ensued between two groups allegedly after illegal water connection to a "religious place" was disconnected. "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".

The condition of ACP Kolekar, who was admitted to hospital after sustaining serious injuries in the stone-pelting, is said to be serious. 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. There has been no permanent Police Commissioner in the city for past two months, which was also the reason that violence ran rampant and couldn't be controlled in time.

Speaking on the issue, state Home Minister appealed to "maintain peace and urged to not believe in rumours".

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More than a dozen people were taken into custody for interrogation, he said. The Police were unprepared for such a situation and the lack of full-time commissioner for nearly two months didn't help.

The state government deployed units of the State Reserve Police Force, Indian Reserve Battalion from the city, besides rushing forces from neighbouring Beed and Jalna to maintain peace.

After the clash was reported, Mumbai police rushed to the spot and resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the warring crowds. Aurangabad Acting Commissioner and Special IG Milind Bharambe He also added that necessary measures have been taken to control the situation. It escalated due to rumours and the tensions spread. Jaganlal Bansile (62), who was a resident of Shahaganj area, lost his life in the riots, as his shop was torched by the rioters.

Maharashtra: Police deployed in violence-affected area of Aurangabad; Sec 144 imposed