There was palpable tension in the industrial town of Majri in Chandrapur district, some 150 kms from Nagpur after Maharashtra Navnirmal Sena (MNS) district deputy Chief Nandu Sur was murdered in a beer bar on Thursday morning.
Sources said the Sur's killing was fallout of business rivalry. Sur, a transporter, was at loggerheads with accused Yadav brothers. He was asked to come to a beer bar by Lukri Yadav and his brother Sachin, to settle an old dispute. When Sur went there, Sachin, who is a serving armyman, shot him dead.
Tension gripped the city as soon as the news of Sur's killing spread. Shopkeepers downed shutters and traffic became thin on the roads. MNS workers and Sur supporters went berserk in various areas.
The miscreants set afire at least 25 trucks, a school bus, a road transport bus and two dozen two wheelers in the area. Besides, arsonists targeted the house of Yadavs and set afire several houses and shops in the locality.
Arson continued during the day as several vehicles were reduced to ashes in different parts of the town, reports said.
A huge posse of para-military force was deployed in the area after the incident. Both Yadav brothers were arrested by the police.
Rajendra Singh, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Nagpur range, claimed that the situation was tense but under control.
"There was no report of untoward incident since this evening," he claimed.
The superintendent of police (SP), Chandrapur district, Suvez Haque, however, was not available for comments.