Aurangabad: Communal riot broke out in Maharashtra's Aurangabad city on Friday claiming two lives and injuring many. Clashes broke out in multiple areas following the removal of a water connection to a place of worship in Moti Karanja area. About 50 shops were gutted in the clashes, and hundreds of youths took to the streets to pelt stones as the issue took a communal colour.
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Although Aurangabad has a history of communal riots, what was the main reason behind the recent ones? Was the primary reason of a dispute between two groups over a water connection at a religious place the real reason?
EenaduIndia brings out the ground reality over the incident
Congress's district office is located in Shahajganj, the place where the riots broke. A Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's statue is also present in the same area. As the area is crowded with hawkers, the statue is hardly visible.
For this reason an amount of Rs 3 crore was raised towards the the refurbishment of the statue. This moved made the vendors fear of losing their stalls and eventually their job after its refurbishment. Hence, the local shopkeepers and the hawkers objected to the move and the refurbishment was kept on hold.
The same area also has shops of big businessmen. As the hawkers set up their stalls in front of their shops, this directly affected their business. Hence, a constant tussle between the two was always there.
Fake messages were spread by political parties to create communal tensions in the area.
This is not the first time such communal incidents have taken place in Aurangabad. Earlier, in March, communal riots broke out over the issue of garbage in the area.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the town to avoid any untoward incident.