Three persons were killed in police firing on Friday afternoon at Burhanpur town in Khandwa district, about 350 km from here. Of them, two have been identified as Mujahiddin and Zafar.
Curfew has been slapped in the town and shoot-at-sight orders have been issued. Besides, additional forces from neighbouring districts have been deployed to control the situation.
Khandwa district police chief MK Katakwar confirmed the deaths, but he refused to divulge whether they were killed in communal clashes or in police firing. “The cause of death will be ascertained only by the post morterm reports,” he told Hindustan Times over the phone.
Friday’s arson and stone-pelting incidents were triggered by a minor incident during a religious procession on Thursday night. Later, miscreants set 12 shops and over 24 houses on fire. People belonging to different communities pelted stones at each other in which a several people were injured.
On Friday morning, about eight shops near a place of worship were set on fire in retaliation, in which two persons were injured. Forty persons have been arrested so far in connection with the violence.