Tension prevails in AP after communal clash

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Adilabad, Oct 11 (UNI) Tension today prevailed in the communally-sensitive Bhainsa town and surrounding areas, where violence broke out yesterday when two groups clashed during a religious procession, leading to the death of three people and injuries to 15 others.

District Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar, who is camping in Bhainsa town, about 40 kms from here, to monitor the situation, told UNI that the situation was now under control and additional forces were called from the district headquarters to maintain law and order.

Three people were killed and 15 others injured when communal violence broke out in Bhainsa town of Adilabad district during the immersion yesterday. The flare-up was marked by arson and stabbings.

Mr Kumar said prohibitory orders, which were clamped yesterday after four policemen, including a Sub-Inspector, were injured in stone pelting, were still continuing in the area.

Trouble started when members of a religious community started pelting stones at an immersion procession, which was passing a place of worship in the communally-sensitive village. Stones were pelted at the place of worship too.

Police resorted to lathicharge and opened fire in the air to quell the mob.

Around 20 shops, including medical shops, and ten vehicles were set afire by rioting mobs during the clashes.

No one had been arrested so far, police said.

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