Dhule riots toll rises to 5

The death toll in Sunday’s communal conflagration in Dhule rose to five with another person succumbing to injuries on Tuesday, the police said.

After the skirmish turned ugly into a free-for-all, the police opened fire killing three people on the spot and over 70 people, including 20 police personnel, sustained injuries.

One of the injured succumbed on Monday and the state additional director general of police (law and order) Ahmad Jawed rushed to the town 350 km north of Mumbai.

According to the local media, clashes broke out after a trivial argument over the payment of “vada pav bill” in a road side eatery. During the altercation, the owner assaulted the customer.

The angry customer later returned with friends and the retaliation soon led to rumour mongering. Within minutes, the town witnessed large scale rioting in areas which have   mixed population.

For the third consecutive day, curfew was not lifted after intelligence inputs indicated that localities falling under Azad Nagar police limits remains tense with “a latent potential to erupt”.

Prohibitory orders, banning assembly of four or more people were also retained in several parts of the town.

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