Even as the police arrested one person on Thursday in connection with the communal violence that broke out here on January 6 following an altercation, curfew which was imposed following the violence and the ensuing police firing that claimed six lives was extended.

Dhule Superintendent of Police Pradeep Deshpande said that Kishore Wagh, the owner of the Maratha mutton shop — the eatery where the scuffle broke out — was arrested for inciting violence and causing damage to property and remanded in police custody till January 13.

Meanwhile, at the Macchi Bazaar Chowk where the eatery is located, people on both sides of the “border” — as the intersection is known here — fear that peace will be difficult to come by in the town. According to the people of Dhule who are no strangers to communal violence, the feeling of frustration, fear and loss that they witnessed in riots that paralysed the city in 2008 has returned.

“We don’t know whom to trust. We live right on the border with Hindu and Muslim families. Everything was fine between us, and suddenly this happened. We fled our house and ran to save our lives,” Gita Prajapati, a resident told The Hindu . She said her brother was badly hurt in the riot. “We don’t know who hit him. He has injuries on his face and hands.”

While more than 200 people, including policemen and members of the two communities, were injured in the violence, six Muslims died in the police firing, prompting Muslim leaders to allege that the police were prejudiced.

As The Hindu reported earlier, the houses of both Hindus and Muslims were gutted, and property was damaged. Members of the Muslim community have alleged that the rioters indulged in arson and loot with the police support. This prompted 13 Muslim corporators to threaten to resign if the Government failed to institute a judicial inquiry into the incident.

  • More than 200 people injured in the violence

  • NCP demands independent judicial inquiry