Amravati: Section 144 Imposed After Clashes Over Saffron Flag Being Put Up At Dulha Gate

Mumbai: In Maharashtra’s Amravati, section 144 has been imposed. A clash erupted between two groups at Achalpur. The clash took place place after a saffron flag was put up at Dulha Gate on Sunday night. Stones were also pelted and 16 people were arrested.

After the news of a saffron flag being put up at at the Dulha Gate spread, the clashes started. Amravati IG Chandra Kishore Meena conducted surveillance of the city after the incident. Additional forces are being called into the city to prevent any further incidents.

More than 600 police officials have been deployed to Achalpur-Paratwada twin city, Kandli village and another village to check the law and order situation, said Shashikant Satav, Additional SP, Amravati Rural.

In connection with violence 16 people have been arrested so far. He informed that a few cops suffered injuries in the incident.

“There was a dispute between two groups in Achalpur city last night over a flag. 16 people have been arrested. At present, the situation is under control,” Satav said.

The cops said that at different police stations, six cases of violence during Ram Navami celebrations were registered. At the communal violence that erupted on April 10 at Mankhurd around 25 vehicles were damaged. 

Responding to the incidents, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said that action will be taken against those trying to give the incidents a communal colour. Patil urged people of all communities to maintain peace and harmony, and help the police in maintaining law and order in the state. He said that members of some political parties have been giving “provocative” statements, which could increase enmity between Hindus and Muslims.

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