Two killed, more than 40 injured in Maharashtra group clash

Hannah Rogers
May 13, 2018

Two people were killed in clashes that broke out between two communities following a dispute over water connections in Aurangabad on Friday night, police said. They also suspended internet services in some parts of the city.

Over 40 vehicles were torched, shops in Shahgunj and Chelipura areas were set on fire.

In the incident several policemen including an assistant commissioner were reportedly injured.

What began as clashes between two groups over an illegal water tap connection at Motikaranja locality at around 10 pm on Friday led to wide-spread rioting in many parts of the historic city of Aurangabad in Marathwada region of Maharashtra during the next six to seven hours. The Police were unprepared for such a situation and the lack of full-time commissioner for nearly two months didn't help.

Speaking to reporters in Pune, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the situation in Aurangabad was under control, and stringent action would be taken against those responsible for the violence.

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.

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Reports state a 60-year-old man lost his life as shops were gutted.

The cause of the death of the two persons, whose identities are still unknown, is not clear yet.

"Most of the people had injuries on head and eyes due to stone pelting". As the reports suggests, the violence broke out because illegal water connections of one particular community were taken away from them.

The police said that the worst-hit areas were Shahganj, Nawabpura, Rajabazaar and Angoribaug. 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.

Meanwhile, top police officials are camping in the city and have appealed for peace.

"I appeal to the citizens to maintain peace, do not take law in your own hands". Police has imposed section 144 to prevent unlawful assembly and total 37 arrests have been made so far. If one group is pelting stones, the other group is requested to keep calm not respond, the police is doing its legal duty.

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