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Busawal tense after violence

Written by: Staff

Jalgaon, Maharashtra, Dec 4 (UNI) Agitated over the alleged beating of 13 members of the newly-elected 47-strong municipal council of nearby Busawal town, a mob today went on a rampage, burning down a hotel and residence of ruling Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator Santosh Chaudhary.

Confirming largescale violence and arson in the town, District Superintendent of Police Vasantrao Koregaonkar told UNI that beides Sai Palace Hotel in Shivaji complex and the MLA's bungalow on Tapi road, the mob also set on fire Sai Dairy, Hotel Rangoli and Hotel Ashoka in Busawal.

Several vehicles were also vandalised by the mob and at least one of it was set ablaze, witnesses said.

All 13 members of the council, wounded in a clash during the House meeting called by outgoing council president Rekha Choudhary, wife of the NCP MLA, have been hospitalised. Three of them suffered serious injuries, sources in the Bazarpeth police station at Busawal said.

Police reinforcements from nearby Savda, Ravel, Faizpur and Jalgaon have been rushed to Busawal to contain violence.

Mr Koregaonkar, additional SP Dilip Sawant and District Collector Vijay Singhal have also reached Busawal to take charge of the town.

Although the authorities have not yet clamped curfew but movement of people to and from the town has been banned in a bid to defuse tension.

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