Maharashtra: Communal clashes in Aurangabad over water, one killed

The clashes left many injured, including police personnel. To stop rumor mongering, the police has also suspended internet services.

Two persons, including a teenage youth, were killed, while several others were injured in Maharashtra's Aurangabad, after violent clashes between rival groups took place on Friday.

The report added that the police are suspecting the role of an independent corporator for instigating the violence.

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

The situation was controlled after prohibitory orders were imposed as per section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) banning assembly of four or more persons.

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Several youngsters took to streets and started pelting stones.

According to local sources, tension was brewing in Moti Karanja area for the last few days as the municipal corporation was carrying out a drive against illegal water connections. 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.

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. "We have so far arrested 14 people on charges of violence and more have been detained". As the police authorities rushed to the spot of violence, the riot had erupted to its full extent and they couldn't control it, which led to the use to tear gas and plastic bullets.

Police had to resort to teargas shelling to contain the situation. "The situation is under control and peaceful", said IG Aurangabad Range Milind Bharambe. If one group is pelting stones, the other group is requested to keep calm not respond, the police is doing its legal duty. "We have appealed to people not to believe in rumours and help the police in maintaining law and order", Bharambe said. Even the clashes soon flared into rioting - lots of shops and vehicles were put on fire and there were still episodes of rock projecting.

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