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Feb 15, 2013 at 02:28pm IST

Dhule riots: SC issues notice to Maharashtra govt seeking independent probe

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Maharashtra government on a plea seeking an independent probe into the Dhule riots of January 6. The court's response came to a petition filed by Naseer Ahmad, who is the father of a victim who had died in the Dhule riots.

This came after the Maharashtra Police report indicated excess police firing during the riots. In the report, the police had admitted that the the police firing which occurred was excessive but necessary. The report said the police action was necessary to retrieve additional superintendent Akhilesh Kumar and Deputy SP Monica Raut. It said 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, admited that some policemen did indulge in vandalism during the police action. The Maharashtra government had ordered a judicial enquiry into the Dhule riots. Six policemen were arrested in Dhule last week 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.

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.