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Dhule violence: More arrests likely

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 10, 2013
First Published: 01:33 IST(10/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:35 IST(10/2/2013)

More people, including media persons, may be arrested for their alleged involvement in the Dhule violence in January, which left six people dead.

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On Friday, six police personnel were arrested after their role in the violence was established through video footage, and through reports from local non-governmental organisations. The six police personnel were booked for theft and damage to property

“All six police personnel were produced before the court, and we have obtained custody of them.  They also have been suspended, and a charge sheet against them will be filed,” said inspector general of police (law and order), Deven Bharti. Bharti also said that more arrests would follow on the basis of evidence that investigators will gather. 

Those investigating the case are studying the possibility of one or two media persons being arrested for their complicity. Based on evidence that is being assimilated, they could be arrested, police sources said.

Police conduct had come under criticism from social activists, and Muslim organisations for the manner in which local police officers handled the situation. A scuffle at a local eatery, and an altercation between members of two communities, saw violence breaking out in Dhule.

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