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Maharashtra: 5 Injured In Communal Clash In Ahmednagar, 32 Held So Far

The police said that several shops and vehicles were damaged in stone pelting. After the violence, internet services have been suspended in the area.

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A day after clashes occured in Maharashtra's Akola, communal violence broke out on Sunday night in Ahmednagar district in which at least five were injured. 

Police on Monday said that at least five persons were injured in a communal clash over a procession in Shevgaon village in Ahmednagar district. 

The police said that several shops and vehicles were damaged in stone pelting. After the violence, internet services have been suspended in the area.

Police have detained 32 people so far and registered cases against 150 others after the incident on Sunday night, an official said.

Internet services have been suspended in Shevgaon village, about 65 km from the Ahmednagar district headquarters.

"Multiple shops and vehicles were damaged during stone pelting," the official said.

The official further said heavy police force, including State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and riot control squad, is deployed in the village. 

Reacting to the incident, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who holds the Home portfolio, said the situation is under control in Ahmednagar.

He said, "Those who are trying to trigger riots will not be spared. Strict action will be taken against those who are helping to create such untoward incidents."

Communal violence in Akola city and Shevgaon village in the last two days has posed a challenge to police to prevent potential flare-ups in other areas. A total of 132 people have been detained so far after the clashes left one person dead and 13 others injured, including two policemen. 

While state minister Girish Mahajan, who belongs to BJP, claimed that the violence in Akola was possibly "pre-planned", Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said there are some organisations and people who want the state to be unstable, but the government will teach them a lesson.

(with PTI inputs)

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