Asked if the police had been able to identify the perpetrators or make any arrests, Bharti said, "Restoring law and order is our first priority. We will investigate how the violence started and how it spread so quickly."
Footage from local TV channels has been sought to identify the protesters and ascertain their roles. Additional director general of police, law and order, Ahmad Javed has been posted in the city to supervise the deployment of security personnel.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has ordered a magisterial probe into the violence that injured more than 200 people.
Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party (SP) state president and legislator Abu Asim Azmi denied making any provocative speech in Dhule recently. "I verified my speech [the one in question], which does not have anything of sort that a section of media has reported," he said.