Aurangabad, May 13: At least two people died and scores of others got injured which included 10 police personnel as clashes broke out between two communities over illegal water supply connection in Aurangabad city on Friday night. Violence escalated with every passing minute and police had to enforce Section 144 of the CrPC as well as suspend the internet in the city for quite some time. With All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi appealing for a probe into the violence, it is imperative to know what started the violence in the first place. Also Read - Karnataka Lockdown Update: Restrictions Under Section 144 Extended in Bengaluru Till June 21 | Latest Guidelines Here
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The Aurangabad incident which started with the dispute over illegal water supply connection and soon flared up into a communal clash isn’t something that happened just by chance. Reportedly, police officials claim that tension was brewing in the area for quite a few days. Just 8 days prior to the incident, there was an altercation over the renovation of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue which assumed a communal tone in the Shahganj area of the city. In the next few days, there was a visible tension after some people demanded the shifting of fruit hawkers from the City Chowk, Gandhi Statue and Shahgunj market to a faraway place during the month of Ramzan. This didn’t go down well with members of the other community and hence there was much tension. Thereafter, communal tension even flared after some people turned one of the fruit hawkers carts upside down.
Taking all these incidents into account, police sources suspect that there are people who have been trying to disrupt the communal harmony over the past few days. AIMIM MLA from Aurangabad, Sayed Imtiyaz Jaleel has also alleged the same stating that the Friday night violence was a pre-planned conspiracy by some people who want create communal disturbances in the city.Moreover, it has been said that instigating messages were doing rounds on the social media, especially on WhatsApp which flared up the violence.
Meanwhile, locals now claim that the situation is peaceful and police have been deployed in the area to check any untoward incident.