Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003
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On Sunday police clamped curfew when protests against the bomb attack on a mosque in Parbhani town turned violent, leading to arson attacks on individuals, stoning and burning of shops and vehicles. Barqi Chowk, Sarafa and Brahmpuri were the worst-affected areas. Police fired in the air and burst teargas shells to bring the situation under control. Parbhani remained incident-free. However, contingents of the Rapid Action Force and the State Reserve Police continued to patrol the town. The night curfew would, however, continue, the sources said.
The trouble began in Parbhani on Friday after two motorcycle-borne miscreants threw petrol bombs on a mosque during afternoon prayers, injuring 25. At least 11 more were injured in the rioting that followed.
Aurangabad, Hingoli and Parali Vaijnath towns remained peaceful.
The Deputy Chief Minister, Chhagan Bhujbal said the CID would probe the bomb attack in Parbhani and the miscreants would be booked under POTA.
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