NAGPUR/NASHIK/AURANGABAD: As violence erupted in various parts of Amravati during the Saturday bandh call by saffron outfits, police imposed a four-day curfew and also shut down Internet there. Saturday’s bandh call was in response to Friday’s protest rallies by Muslim organisations to condemn the recent violence in Tripura. The rally witnessed stone pelting in which shops were damaged, leading to the bandh call.
Internet services will remain suspended for three days to prevent the spread of rumours that fuel violence, said city police commissioner Arti Singh. On Saturday, hundreds of people, many of them holding saffron flags and raising slogans, came out on the streets in Rajkamal Chowk area. Some people hurled stones at shops in Rajkamal Chowk and other places, police said, adding that the cops lathi-charged the protesters to bring the situation under control.
To aid the police force there, about hundred cops and 10 officers from Nagpur have been sent. Also, One or two companies of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) are expected to reach Amravati soon. Except for medical emergencies, people are not allowed to come out of houses. The Nashik rural police have so far booked close to 1,500 people on charges of rioting, robberies, attempt to murder and assault . Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said the violence in Amravati and other places was aimed at destabilising the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis said it was wrong to organise rallies in the state for an incident that “never occurred”.
Meanwhile, the ministry of home affairs has said that news reports circulating on the social media about vandalism at a mosque in Tripura are fake and are a complete misrepresentation of facts. There has been no damage to the mosque in Kakraban area of Gomati district of Tripura, the MHA said.




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