More than a week after riot broke out in this North Maharashtra
city, state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday announced
a judicial enquiry into the Dhule riot by a retired judge and also
announced police personnel if found guilty would be suspended.
The chief Minister also announced
compensation for those killed in the police firing and the two
injured whose legs were surgically cut due to bullet injuries.
Accompanied by Home Minister RR
Patil and Guardian Minister Suresh Shetty, Chief Minister Chavan
visited the strife hit city on Tuesday and made these
announcements in a press conference in the afternoon.
"Based on the information the
government has received from DIG (Law & Order ) Javed Ahmed, it is
announced that a retired high court judge would probe the entire
incident", Chavan said while addressing the press conference.
He said that the name of the judge
would be declared afterwards.
Javed Ahmed was earlier directed to
carry out the probe of the violence that broke out last Sunday
leaving six people dead and more than 200 others including
All the six who are killed allegedly
in the police firing and majority of those injured are Muslims.
Muslim leaders including Minister Minority Development Department
Arif Naseem Khan had expressed unhappiness over the police
handling and were demanding a high level probe by a sitting high
Chavan also announced compensations
for the riot victims. He said that a compensation of Rs. 05 lakh
each would be given to the families of those killed allegedly in
the firing and an amount of Rs. 03 lakh each would be given to the
two injured whose legs were amputated due to bullet injuries.
He also announced compensation for
those who had incurred material losses and whose properties had
been burnt or damaged in the violence. He said compensations for
them would be assessed based on the survey done by the local
He however did not announce any
compensation for the other injured.
The Chief Minister also announced
that the guilty police personnel would be suspended after the
probe. At the same time, he expressed concern over rising attacks
on the police force.