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Sangli Communal Violence

The Indian Express
September 8, 2009

Sangli on the boil, 1 killed



Curfew in Miraj and Sangli extended till Tuesday; 208 arrested

ONE person was kille and five others were seriously injured in fresh riously injured in fresh ommunal violence that erupted n Ichalkaranji on Monday vening. The deceased was idenified as Vasant Appa Awaghade 40). The violent mob also orched 10 vehicles. Curfew was mposed in Ichalkaranji in the vening.

On Sunday, Prof P A Bhisure f Bapuji Salunkhe College, Miaj, died after sustaining injuries llegedly in police lathicharge.

hisure was going to his college n a bicycle when he got caught n the lathicharge. He died at the ollege premises.

The curfew imposed in Miraj nd Sangli on Saturday night has een extended till Tuesday. Addiional Superintendent of Police, angli, Balasaheb Waghmode aid the situation is under control, xcept for a few incidences of vioence and stone pelting. Nevertheess, after taking stock of the situaion, the curfew in Miraj has been xtended up to 2 pm and in Sangli p to 10 am on Tuesday, he said.

State's Director General of Po ce S S Virk told reporters in San li on Monday that the police have rrested 208 people and the situ tion is under control. On Mon ay, the authorities announced reaxation of curfew in Miraj for alf-an-hour in the morning.

"Iwascomingoutofthemosque fter afternoon prayers when a ob attacked me," said Latif Mulla, who was injured in the vioence on Sunday and was admitted o a local hospital in Sangli.

Indutai Zumde, who was also njured in Sunday's police lathcharge, said, "We were not aware f the happenings in the city. Sud enly, the police appeared in the treet and began caning us. I tried o run away, but could not escape.

ow, I have an injured leg." Sanay Athanikar, another injured, lamed the police for not taking rompt action. "When the lashes erupted on first day, the olice didn't act quickly and no ody was arrested. They only cted when violence erupted in he region," he said.

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