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Second Body Found, Balli Tense But Under Control

Tension gripped the village of Balli as the second body charred beyond recognition was found by Fire Service personnel while clearing the debris at Adarsh Society building.
The administration has imposed Section 144 in the village and not many people were seen moving around.
Police made their presence felt with nearly 200 of them marching in the village and posted at vantage point all in riot gear.

It may be recalled that residents of Balli on Wednesday evening retaliated and attacked the thousands of Scheduled Tribes who had gathered in the village under the banner of United Tribals Associations Alliance (UTAA) and blocked the road and railway.
The villagers set on fire the Adarsh Co-operative Society building situated in the village as its chairman Prakash Velip as the President of UTAA had led the agitation on Wednesday.
Fire Services personnel who were dousing the fire in the building had found one charred body on Wednesday evening and recovered the second one early Thursday morning.
Most villagers condemned the incident and blamed the UTAA for the turn of events.
Local MLA Babu Kavlekar who was conspicuous by his absence on Wednesday, visited Balli on Thursday morning and expressed his shock and grief over the incident. He squarely blamed former MLA Prakash Velip for the development and opined that the agitation should have been withdrawn after the government had conceded their main demands.

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