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Curfew in Udgir after communal clashes

Sunday March 17, 2013 11:38:14 AM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

Mumbai: An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Udgir - the Marathwada town some 60 kms from Latur, after communal clashes between two communities broke out on Saturday.

 

Trouble began in the town in the morning a t around 09 a.m. when a procession allegedly taken out by the VHP, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal activists turned violent, local residents said.

 

The procession was taken out to condemn an alleged move to hoist 'green flag' atop the Shahi Qila.

 

It is learnt however that no such incident had taken place and the news that the green flag had been hoisted on the Shahi Qila was a rumor.

 

Latur Superintendent of Police immediately rushed to the town where curfew has been imposed to control the situation.

 

Eyewitnesses said that the protesters allegedly belonging to the VHP, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal who were part of the procession were shouting inflammatory slogans.

 

When the procession reached the areas dominated by the Muslim community, it started pelting stones and damaging the properties. Gulzar Hotel, Welcome Juice Centre, Royal Juice Centre and Shareef Tea Stall were selectively targeted.

 

"At around 09 in the morning, we saw a mob that was shouting slogans and forcing the shopkeepers to down their shutters. Sensing the trouble, we also closed the hotel. However, the mob barged and attacked us with lathis", said Mujahid Hasmi, an injured.

 

He alleged that the police personnel were mute spectators as the violent mob attacked him and the others.

 

Besides Mujahid, five others of his family members were also injured in the attack by the violent mob.

  

Communal situation in Maharashtra has deteriorated in the last few months with violence taking place in various parts of the state with regular interval.

 



 




 

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