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Parts of Aurangabad remain shut to protest riot accused's

Press Trust of India  |  Aurangabad 

Residents of few localities in riot-hit in today observed a to protest arrest of one alias Lachchu Pahelwan, the main accused in the case, yesterday.

A squad of the special investigation team (SIT) had arrested Bakharia on the charges of arson and rioting late last night.

It was suspected that Bakharia had taken money from some people to orchestrate rioting and arson so as to vacate some building where shops and kiosks are located, a police official had said.

Shops and other commercial establishments in Dhawani mohalla, Rajabazar, and parts of Gulmandi remained shut till this afternoon in protest.

The passed off peacefully, police said.

Heavy bandobast was put in place in these areas to prevent any communal flare-up.

On May 11, Aurangabad, located in Marathwada region, witnessed violent clashes between two groups allegedly over illegal water connections, in which two persons--a 65-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy--were killed, and around 60 others, including a dozen policemen, injured.

Several shops and scores of vehicles were also torched.

Police have so far arrested over 50 persons, including two corporators of the Municipal Corporation-- -of Shiv Sena and of All Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

A video had gone viral on Saturday, which purportedly showed Janjal being part of the mob that was torching vehicles and damaging public property in Raja Bazaar area, a police official had said.

Khan had allegedly instigated the mob for violence in which of was injured. He was airlifted to for treatment.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 22:20 IST