Some 60 people including police personnel were injured in the clash.
Aurangabad: Two persons died and around 50 others, including a dozen policemen, were injured in clashes between two communities in Aurangabad city, central Maharashtra, on Friday night, police said. According to media reports, many shops and vehicles were set on fire and there were incidents of stone pelting.
However, the police was able to control the violence.
On Friday, the clashes emerged after the two group when the illegal water connection at "religious place" was reportedly disconnected.
The district administration has clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure banning assembly of people and suspended Internet services, said a senior police official.
According to local sources, the tension was brewing in Moti Karanja area for the last few days as the municipal corporation was carrying out a drive against illegal water connections.
Opposition Congress state President Ashok Chavan called upon the people to maintain peace and "foil the nefarious designs of communal and divisive forces" trying to spread social unrest between communities. The Police were unprepared for such a situation and the lack of full-time commissioner for nearly two months didn't help. In order to contain the violence, police had fired tear gas shells. A large number of shops and vehicles were set on fire. "Seven companies of State Reserve Police Force and one company of Riot Control Police have been deployed in the sensitive areas of the city".
"I would like to appeal to the people of Aurangabad to remain peaceful and not take the law into their own hands", said Aurangabad acting Police Commissioner Milind Bharambe. Many politicians and public figures have taken to Twitter to make their thoughts known about the violence. If one group is pelting stones, the other group is requested to keep calm not respond in kind, the police is doing its duty.
The police have also warned that strict action will be taken against any person found propagating such information.