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Violent clashes between two groups have left one person dead besides injuring more than 25 persons in Aurangabad district.

In wake of the clash, Section 144 which prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area has been imposed across the city.

The authorities snapped Internet and social media networks in the city as a precaution late on Friday to prevent rumour-mongering. According to reports, several shops and vehicles were damaged in the Chelipura and Motikaranja areas of Aurangabad also. The police have also imposed curfew in certain parts of the city. Police had to resort to teargas shelling to contain the situation. "I would like to appeal to the people of Aurangabad to remain peaceful and not taken law unto themselves", said Aurangabad acting Police Commissioner, Milind Bharambe.

Speaking to reporters in Pune, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the situation in Aurangabad was under control, and stringent action would be taken against those responsible for the violence. Many shops and vehicles were set ablaze during the violent clash.

Violence erupted in Aurangabad on Friday night, resulting in the death of two persons, including a policeman.

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One of the deceased was a 17-year-old youth who allegedly died in police firing, while the other was a 65-year-old man who was trapped in his house when an adjoining shop was set on fire by rioters, the official said. As the reports suggests, the violence broke out because illegal water connections of one particular community were taken away from them.

Shahganj, Nawabpura, Rajabazaar and Angribaug were the areas that faced the worst of the violence, but have been calmed down for now.

Local eyewitness accounts said over three dozen shops mostly belonging to small businessmen, were reduced to ashes and many private vehicles and at last two police vans were also torched.

They have also started collecting videos of the clashes and will begin identifying miscreants based on these. "The city police commissioner's post is vacant", he said.

Meanwhile, All-india Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen President Asaduddin Owaisi appealed to Mr Fadnavis to take powerful actions against the Trouble Makers indulging in the rioting.


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