Police nabbed mastermind behind Aurangabad violence

Aurangabad: Police arrested the mastermind behind the Arangabad clashes that broke out on MAy 11. The alleged mastermind was identified as Laxminarayan Bakharia alias Lachchu Pahelwan.

Over 50 persons have been arrested including two corporators, Rajendra Janjal of Shiv Sena and Feroz Khan of All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM), in connection with the violence that claimed two lives and left over 60 people injured.

A squad of the special investigation team, led by inspector Shrikant Nawale, arrested Bakharia on the charges of arson and rioting, a police official said.

It was suspected that Bakharia had taken money from some people to orchestrate rioting and arson so as to vacate some building where shops and kiosks are located, the official said.