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Sunday January 06, 2013 11:42:04 PM, & Agencies

Malegaon:/Mumbai: Three people had been killed and more than 150 including 48 policemen were injured in Dhule - the North Maharashtra city some 350 kms from Mumbai, after clashes broke out between members of two communities on Sunday afternoon, police said late in the evening. The situation is tense but under control.


The dead have been identified as Imran Ali (20), Asim Shaikh (25) and Saood Ahmed (23).


The exact cause of the death have not been yet disclosed. It is however suspected that the deaths are due to firing.


The violence started at a hotel over a trivial matter and spread to Machli Market and Madhavpura areas of the city, news agency PTI reported quoting official sources.


Eyewitnesses account said that police first used tear gas shells to disrupt the mob but later had to open fire to control the unruly mobs. Cases of arson and stone pelting are also reported from the area.


"We received 4-5 people who were injured in the firing. One injured was critical. Since we could not handle them, we shifted them to other hospitals", a Sarvojanik Hospital staff told on phone.


A local reporter while speaking to on phone said that he saw people who were injured in the firing in the hospital.


"Condition of some of the injured are very critical. Some of them were injured in legs. But some received bullet injuries near abdomen", he added.


Dhule is normally considered as a peaceful city. However, in 2008 the city witnessed communal riots which is regarded as worst in its history.



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