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Riot in Nandurbar; Spat between police and Ganesh Mandal turned communal

Thursday September 08, 2011 02:42:28 PM, & Agencies

Nandurbar (Maharashtra): Curfew is imposed in some parts of Nandurbar, the tribal district in North Maharashtra, September 07 after a tussle between police and members of a local Ganesh Mandal previous night turned into a communal violence killing one person.


According to Shafeeque Ahmed Qasmi, Jamiatul Ulema President of Nasik district, members of Sawta Gatum Shada Ganesh Mandal September 06 were adamant for taking the procession in prohibited areas mainly dominated by the Muslim population. Police stopped them and a tussle began between the police and the members of the Ganesh mandal.


"The fight between the police and the Ganesh mandal soon took a communal turn when gulals were thrown on the mosque located in Chirag galli", he added.


"The rioting mob later set shops and homes adjacent to the mosque on fire and mercilessly beat Shaikh Asif, a Railway Police personnel, who was in the city on Eid vacation", he said.


Asif was shifted to Dhule Civil hospital but succumbed to his injuries next day on September 07. He was buried in Dhule Qabristan located on Chalisgaon road.


While confirming the incident, police officials said the situation is now under control and some parts of the city are under curfew.


"The mob in the procession threw stones at shops, and soon the riot spread in other parts of the city", news agency UNI quoted the police sources as saying.


The riot spread to Ali Saheb Mohalla, Ilahi Chowk, Ghoda Peer area, Maniyar Mohalla, Macchi bazaar, Sonarkund, Amar cinema hall and other parts. The rioters freely used iron rods and stones and damaged an autorickshaw, leading to tension in the city.


Hearing the news, police rushed to the spot and they tried to quell the rioters, but the mob pelted stones on the policemen, in which 7-8 policemen were injured.


Following the incident, police imposed curfew in Chirag galli, Chirag masjid Sonarkund, Amar cinema hall and other parts of the city.


Additional police force including the SRP personnel, have been deployed in the city, police added.


Meanwhile, questions are being raised about the combing operation being carried out by the police after the riot. Local residents claim that the operation is limited mainly to Muslim areas and the police is indiscriminately arresting the Muslims.


The Nandurbar incident is second in the span of just a week. On August 31, while Muslim were celebrating Eid, riots broke out in Niwasa city of Ahmednagar district. Here again fight between two groups took a communal turn and rioters freely attacked shops belonging to other community members. Allegation of police bias is reported from here also.   



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