Aurangabad: Police fired in the air on Wednesday to disperse a mob that set ablaze four vehicles and pelted stones on police in front of the district collector's office here to protest against the alleged inordinate delay in arresting killers of a village head.

Police said a large number of local people demanding arrest of the killers assembled in front of the district collectorate and clashed with the policemen. They burnt an anti-riot vehicle and that of the block development officer, besides two private ones before indulging in heavy stone throwing.

Police fired eight rounds in the air to disperse the mob but none were injured. Later, 18 people were taken into custody in connection with the violence, the police said.

Devendra Singh of Sonehatta panchayat was killed by unidentified persons last month and his killers are yet to be apprehended.

(Agencies)

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