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Riot-hit Aurangabad tense, internet services restored

Press Trust of India  |  Aurangabad 

The situation in Maharashtra's riot-hit city today remained tense, but under control, four days after the violence claimed two lives and left over 60 people, including 12 policemen, injured.

The police have registered six cases in which nearly 3,000 unidentified people were booked for offences like arson, rioting and damaging public property, an said.

were restored this morning and prohibitory orders clamped under Section 144 of the CrPC revoked in the central city, he said.

Besides the local police, seven (SRPF) battalions were deployed in the violence-affected areas, the said.

of Police Bipin Bihari, after reviewing the situation in the city, located in the Marathwada region, admitted that the police had failed to prevent and contain the spread of violence and to take action against the rioters.

Acting of will conduct an inquiry into the allegations against a for not preventing the violence and ignoring complaints about it, Bihari told reporters here yesterday.

Earlier, a purported video of some police personnel walking with rioters during the violence surfaced, prompting the to order an inquiry into it.

"We have asked people (who have the video recording) to deposit the footage to the police. We will check its authenticity and appropriate action will be taken if we find their (policemen's) involvement," Bihari had said.

Two persons - a 65-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy - were killed and around 60 others, including a dozen policemen, injured in clashes between groups of two communities over illegal water connections on May 11.

Several shops and scores of vehicles were torched during the riots in the city, located about 350 kms from

Bihari said that a senior police official, who was seriously injured in the violence, had been shifted to by air ambulance for further treatment.

The 17-year-old boy was killed allegedly in police firing.

Besides, the other deceased elderly man was trapped in his house when an adjoining shop was set on fire by rioters, an had earlier said.

Petrol bombs and kerosene-soaked balls made of rags were found during a search operation, the police said.

BJP chief yesterday assured that an inquiry would be conducted into the cause of riots and the culprits would not be spared.

for Home had earlier said that a high-level committee would inquire into the incident.

The yesterday dubbed the riots as a "communal" and "pre-planned" act of violence.

The BJP's bickering ally also rapped the state Home department, headed by Devendra Fadnavis, over the security lapses and failing to appoint a for the city, which is considered a "highly sensitive" area.

was sent on compulsory leave in March this year due to his alleged failure to handle a riot-like situation in the city over the garbage disposal issue.

The clashes between groups of two communities started in Moti Karanja area around 10 pm on May 11 and spread to Gandhi Nagar, Raja Bazaar, and Sarafa localities, a had earlier said.

The police fired in the air and lobbed teargas shells to control the situation, he said.

Tension was brewing in Moti Karanja area for the last few days as the municipal corporation was carrying out a drive against illegal water connections, according to sources in

It got a communal colour when an illegal water connection at a place of worship in the area was removed, the sources said.

The violence appeared to be pre-planned as shops were targetted selectively in some areas, a said.

A building in the Raja Bazar area was set ablaze to allegedly evacuate some tenants staying there, according to the police.

A local alleged that a history-sheeter had taken 'supari' (contract) for the evacuation and rioting.

Meanwhile, the father of the deceased 17-year-old boy demanded an inquiry into the incident and action against the history-sheeter under charges for murder.

of Opposition in the state assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, demanded the arrest of Chandrakant Khaire, the Shiv Sena's member from Aurangabad, for his statements on riots.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 11:15 IST