Maharashtra: Amravati curfew as new violence erupts

A curfew was imposed on the Maharashtra city of Amravati on Saturday in the context of consecutive stoning incidents on Friday and Saturday, according to an official order.

According to the order issued Saturday by the Amravati police commissioner, the curfew went into effect at the city limits and will remain in effect until a new order is issued.

This order was issued by Acting Police Commissioner Sandip Patil under sections 144 (1), (2), (3) of the CrPc to avoid adverse incidents.

Except for medical emergencies, people cannot leave their homes. Similarly, the gathering of more than five people is not allowed, he said.

On Saturday morning, a mob threw stones and damaged shops at various locations in the city of Amravati during a bandh allegedly organized by BJP inciting the police to accuse protesterssaid an official.

The bandh (closure) was called against Friday’s stoning incidents in Amravati during rallies organized by Muslim organizations in protest against communal violence in Tripura.

On Friday, more than 8,000 people had gathered in front of the Amravati district collector’s office to present a memorandum demanding that atrocities against the minority community be stopped, authorities said.

As people left after presenting the memorandum, stones were thrown at three locations between Chitra Chowk and Cotton Market, under the boundaries of the Kotwali Police Station.

The Kotwali police have so far registered 11 FIRs on various charges, including riots. Ten people were arrested.

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