More than 100 shops were gutted & several vehicles were set ablaze after clashes broke out between members of two communities on Friday night in Aurangabad. City police and reserve police force have been deployed to bring the situation under control. The police had use teargas shells to bring things under control. Few incidents of stone pelting were reported as well. Clashes occurred between 2 groups after illegal water connection to a ‘religious place’ was reportedly disconnected.
Appealing for peace, Aurangabad CP Milind Bharambe said: “I appeal to the citizens to maintain peace, do not take law in your own hands. If one group is pelting stones, the other group is requested to keep calm not respond in kind, the police is doing its duty. 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.”
Speaking on the issue, state Home Minister appealed to “maintain peace and urged to not believe in rumours”. He also asserted that two people have lost their lives and several have been injured. He also said that many police officials have been injured during the clashes.
Internet services have been suspended in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad.
The security forces have also urged people to not share any violent messages on any platform.
The police said the situation has now been brought under control.