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Udgir calm but tense, curfew continues

Sunday March 17, 2013 11:57:29 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

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Curfew in Udgir after communal clashes

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  

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Mumbai: Curfew continues for the second consecutive day in Udgir - the Marathwada town some 60 kms from Latur, where communal clashes broke out between the two communities on Saturday.

 

Police said that the situation was peaceful and totally under control.

 

"The situation today is peaceful and under control. We have arrested some 55 people for yesterday's violence", Superintendent of Police (SP) Prakash Gaikar said.

 

He said the situation would be reviewed tomorrow morning before taking any decision for a relaxation in the curfew.

 

Demands for relaxation in the curfew were made in view of the ongoing SSC board exams.

 

The SP also said that an investigation into the alleged flag hoisting atop the Shahi Qila was on.

 

"We had received the complaint regarding this. A probe is on to find out what had actually happened", he said.

 

Eight people were injured in stone pelting and beating allegedly by the activists belonging to VHP, Shiv Sena and Bajrang Dal, who took out a procession condemning the alleged flag hoisting at Shahi Qila.

 

It was alleged that the saffron flag atop the fort was removed and was replaced with a green flag.

 

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.

 

Trouble began in the town in the morning at 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.

 

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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