Section 144 imposed in Aurangabad because of communal clashes

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Aurangabad (Maharashtra) [India], May 12: The clashes in Aurangabad which broke out on Friday night and left many injured including police personnel have been contained.

An uneasy calm prevailed over the city as it limped back to normalcy on Saturday with Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (prohibiting an assembly of more than four persons in an area) clamped down by the police to preclude further law and order situations. It has also suspended mobile internet services in the city to curb rumour-mongering. Over 40 vehicles were torched and shops from Shahgunj and Chelipura area were set ablaze.

In the incident several policemen including an assistant commissioner were reportedly injured. "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". Police the resorted to teargas and firing in the air.

The Maharashtra home minister appealed to "maintain peace and urged to not believe in rumours".

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The state deployed components of the State Reserve police, Indian Reserve Battalion in your metropolis, besides rushing compels from neighboring Beed and also Jalna to keep up peace. It quoted an unidentified police official as saying that an independent corporator was responsible for instigating the violence. Though senior police authorities refused to speak on the matter, a 17-year old resident of Rengtipura locality succumbed to bullet injuries at MGM hospital, The Times of India reported.

During the night, several incidents of stone pelting and arson were reported. As the reports suggests, the violence broke out because illegal water connections of one particular community were taken away from them.

State Congress chief Ashok Chavan said the rioting was unfortunate, and people should foil any attempt to create a communal divide.

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. The youths from different groups burned some shops and also attacking each other with some pelting stones.

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