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2 dead in Aurangabad communal clashes 

Mumbai: Two persons died and around 100 others, including several policemen, were injured as clashes broke out between two communities in Aurangabad on Friday night, police said.Police Commissioner Milind Bharambe said the civic body had cut off water supply to a place of worship, which angered the community members who came out on streets and clashed with officials. “The situation is now under control after curfew was imposed early on Saturday morning,” he said, adding that Internet services had been suspended in the area.According to the police, trouble first broke out in the vicinity of the place of worship where the water supply was first cut. Members of the community pointed out other places of worship belonging to different community that enjoyed illegal water connection and challenged the officials to act against them. After civic officials announced they would cut off all illegal water connections, the situation degenerated into a communal riot.The police quickly moved in to control the situation after worshippers ran riot. However, the violence spread to other parts of the city and nearly 100 shops and more than 50 vehicles were gutted as members of the two communities clashed.A physically challenged man who was trapped in a shop that was set afire by rioters was charred to death. “Shortly afterwards, the police burst teargas shells to disperse the mob, but after failing to do so opened fire on the rampaging crowds, killing one more person,” said Deepak Kesarkar, Minister of State for Home.While the first reported clash happened around 10 pm on Friday night, by early Saturday morning reports of clashes poured in from across Aurangabad. Ten police officials, including Assistant Police Commissioner Gowardhan Kolekar and Inspector Shripad Paropkari, were injured in the violence.Bharambe said the police had been asked to shoot at troublemakers. “Some local politicians are being probed for instigating violence,” he added.

The trigger 

  • Police Commissioner Milind Bharambe said the civic body had cut off water supply to a place of worship, which angered the community members who came out on streets and clashed with officials
  • They pointed out other places of worship belonging to different community that enjoyed illegal water connection and challenged the officials to act against them
  • After civic officials announced they would cut off all illegal water connections, the situation degenerated into a communal riot

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