Dhule SP Akhilesh Kumar told HT that the FB post was old and the incident took place because of a rumour and instigation on an internet-based messenger service. “The rioters targeted state transport buses and also robbed Rs. 8,000 from a bus conductor,” officials said. They added that messages and inflammatory pictures were sent out on the messenger service, which added to the tension.
The incident comes just two weeks after a techie was murdered in Pune over morphed pictures of Shivaji and Bal Thackeray.
Dhule is a communally sensitive district. In January 2013, six people were killed and nearly 200 were injured in a communal clash.