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Two dead in communal clashes in India

12 May 2018,Saturday, 23:18



Two persons died and around fifty others, including a dozen policemen, were injured as clashes broke out between two communities in Aurangabad city in central Maharashtra Friday night, police said.

A minor was hit by pellets fired by the police to rein in the crowd. The second victim died after the roof of his house, on which a petrol bomb was hurled, collapsed, reports Indian media as quoting Additional Director General of Maharashtra Police Bipin Bihari.

The violence erupted late on Friday following a trivial local incident which angered members of a particular community in Motikaranja area. This soon flared up into rioting with stone-pelting and arson, targeting vehicles and shops.

Police forces were rushed to the locality but they failed to control the violence and resorted to caning and firing teargas shells and plastic bullets to quell the rampaging crowds, according to media report.

Curfew was imposed in some parts of the city, and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure were also invoked. As a precautionary measure, Internet services were suspended.

Among those injured were seven women and a dozen policemen, including an assistant commissioner of police.

Rioters set fire to around 100 shops and 80 vehicles, the official said, adding that 37 persons have been arrested for rioting and arson since last night.

 

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