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Two killed, 53 injured in clashes in Nashik

Two killed, 53 injured in clashes in Nashik

Author: A Chalomumbai Correspondent
Publication: www.chalomumbai.com
Date: May 13, 2002
URL: http://www.chalomumbai.com/asp/article.asp?cat_id=29&art_id=24371&cat_code=2F574841545F535F4F4E5F4D554D4241492F5441415A415F4B4841424152

Two persons were killed, one in police firing, and at least 53 injured including a police superintendent, as communal clashes broke out in tribal dominated Nandurbar in Maharashtra today compelling authorities to impose curfew in the township.

A minor tiff during a game of playing cards in Kali Kasjid locality near Chandsavli dargah last night sparked off the violence between two communities this morning, Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh told reporters in Mumbai.

Following altercation between one Bhimsingh Ratan Bhil and his friends Shiraddin Shaikh and Salaluddin Shaikh, a mob gathered in the area and indulged in heavy stone throwing and arson this morning, reports from Nasik said.

The mob also hacked to death one person identified as Subhash Agarwal and torched his body, they said adding the rioters pelted stones at police that had rushed to the spot, injuring 18 of them including DSP C N Kumbhar.

Police then opened fire to disperse violent mob in which one person identified as Yogesh Rathod, was killed. At least 83 persons have been arrested in this connection, police said.

Deshmukh described the situation as 'tense but under control' saying curfew has been clamped in the area and two companies of State Reserve Police Force have been posted there to prevent any untoward incident.

To a query, whether communal violence in bordering Gujarat had prompted the riots, the chief minister said 'it will not be proper to infer on those lines'.

At least seven hutments were set on fire by arsonists, who also indulged in heavy stone pelting damaging shops and vehicles, police said.

The injured cops have been admitted to Nandurbar Civil Hospital. The injured also include two journalists, who were covering the violence.

Deshmukh said minister of state for home Manikrao Thakre, local MLA and minister of state for general administration department Dr Vijay Gavit, state DGP Subhash Malhotra have rushed to the spot.

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