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Dhule riots: Maharashtra Police says firing was excessive but necessary


Shawan Sen,CNN-IBN
Feb 12, 2013 at 11:02am IST

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Police have filed a report on the police action during the Dhule riots of January 6, 2013. In the report, it has admitted that the the police firing which occurred was excessive but necessary.

The report says the police action was necessary to retrieve additional superintendent Akhilesh Kumar and Deputy SP Monica Raut. It says they had gone deep inside the riot zone, and were in danger of being lynched by the mob.

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The report, though, admits that some policemen did indulge in vandalism during the police action. The Maharashtra government has already ordered a judicial enquiry into the Dhule riots. The state government is likely to announce the head of the panel in a week's time.

Six policemen were arrested in Dhule in Maharashtra on Friday, almost a month after they were caught on video vandalising and assaulting civilians during the riots in the city. Police drew sharp criticism after the visuals of the video were shown on news channels.

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The video showed policemen smashing water drums and damaging two-wheelers parked along the street. The incident had raised serious questions over the police's handling of the riot.

Riots had broken out in Dhule on January 6. Six people lost their lives in the violence.

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