Aurangabad (Maharashtra): At least two people have been killed and over forty have been left injured following communal violence which erupted between two communities Friday night in Aurangabad - the important city in Maharashtra's Marathwada region.
The incident resulted in clashes across the city through the night with several shops and vehicles, including police vans, being set ablaze by rioters.
However, the police was able to control the violence.
On Friday, clashes ensued between 2 groups after illegal water connection to a "religious place" was reportedly disconnected.
The district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure banning assembly of people and suspended Internet services, said a senior police official. According to doctors, most of those admitted in hospital have injuries because of stone pelting.
"The police reached the scene on time, but could not control the mob, and the clashes later gained momentum", he said.More news: West Ham force Manchester United to goalless draw
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. Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil termed the loss of two lives as "very unfortunate". "Following this, a rumour circulated that members of two communities were involved in a fight", he said explaining the situation.
After the clash was reported, Mumbai police rushed to the spot and resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the warring crowds.
Several people took to social media to report on the clashes. The report quoted Aurangabad commissioner of police Milind Bharambe as saying, "I appeal to the citizens to maintain peace, do not take law in your own hands". The youth also torched several cars in the city.
Tension escalated in the nearby areas of Gandhinagar, Moti Karanja and Rosa Bagh as well.
The police have also warned that strict action will be taken against any person found propagating such information. If one group is pelting stones, the other group is requested to keep calm not respond, the police is doing its legal duty.