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Jan 08, 2013 at 09:48am IST

Maharashtra: Curfew continues in Dhule after communal clashes that left 4 dead

Dhule: Curfew continued in the Dhule town of Maharashtra two days after a clash between two communities. Four people died and 106 policemen were injured after communal clashes. Rapid Action Force was brought in to control the mobs which pelted stones at the police.

Over 130 civilians have also been injred in the clashes which were allegedly triggered by the non-payment of a bill at a hotel. The cause of the clash was reportedly a tiff over non-payment of a hotel bill by a group of four people, a senior state official told PTI. After they were beaten up by the hotel staff for failing to pay the bill, they went away and returned with a large group after which the violence escalated, the official said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan appealed for calm on Monday. "The Rapid Action Force has been deployed and the situation is under control at the moment. I appeal to every one to maintain peace and calm," Chavan said.

A curfew was imposed in two pockets of Dhule where violence broke out. The rest of the city now remains peaceful.