Curfew imposed, security beefedup at Chopda after clashes

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Jalgaon, Maharashtra Apr 23 (UNI) Curfew was clamped today in Chopda tehsil of Jalgaon district of Maharashtra following clashes between two groups in which two people were killed in police firing and seven others, including five policemen, were injured in stone pelting.

Curfew will continue till 1000 hrs tomorrow. Security has also been beefed-up in the entire district, where 32 people were arrested, police sources told UNI here.

The trouble was sparked off when people from a community objected to a particular song being played in a marriage party in Lohiyanagar area of the tehsil, last night, police said.

The police rushed to the spot to control the situation but after lathi-charge and tear-gas proved ineffective, they resorted to firing to control the rampaging mobs, they added.

The two persons who died in the police firing were identified as Sanjay Laxman Choudhury and Deepak Atmaram Mahajan. Their bodies were sent for post-mortem.

Additional SP Dilip Sawant immediately rushed to the spot. He said the situation was under control tonight NCP State Chief Arun Gujarati, MLC, and Nashik range Inspector General of police Suryapratap Gupta visited the area this afternoon.

''The incident occurred on personal grounds. Chopda city is a very calm place otherwise. I am quite satisfied with the security in the area,'' Mr Gujarati said.

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