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Sangli Communal Violence

September 8, 2009

Miraj tension spreads; one dead, 5 hurt in Kolhapur

Mohsin Mulla. Kolhapur

One person was killed and five others were seriously injured as communal violence that originated in Miraj last week spread to Ichalkaranji town in Kolhapur on Monday afternoon even as the police stopped Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde from visiting Sangli and Miraj.

The district administration imposed a 24-hour curfew in Ichalkaranji after a clash between two groups. Fifteen vehicles and 20 powerloom units were attacked in the town on Sunday; ransacking and stone-pelting continued on Monday.

On Monday afternoon, two groups clashed at Limbu Chowk in the town; a man of 35 was killed and five others were seriously injured in the clash.

Maharashtra director general of police SS Virk, accompanied by inspector general of police (Kolhapur) Ashok Dhivare and superintendent of police Yashasvi Yadav, has gone to Ichalkaranji to monitor the situation.

District collector Laxmikant Deshmukh had called for a peace committee meeting in the evening, but it was called off after curfew was imposed.

Deshmukh told reporters that additional police forces have been deployed.
A bandh was observed in Shirol, Hatkanangle, Pethvadgaon, Murgud and Yadrav villages.


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