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Maharashtra violence toll climbs to 5

Posted on Jan 08, 11:50AM | IBNS

The death toll in Sunday's violence in Maharashtra's Dhule town has risen to five.

According to NDTV, the latest victim succumbed to his injuries around 6.30am on Tuesday.

On Sunday, police firing following clashes killed three people in in Dhule, around 350 km from Mumbai.

Another person died on Monday.

The violence broke out between two communities in the crowded Machchi Bazaar area, reportedly over the payment of a restaurant bill.

Police had to use water cannons, tear gas and finally firing to disperse the mob.

Hundreds of people, including a large number of policemen, have been injured.

"The clash between two communities broke out at around 3 pm yesterday. Police first resorted to lathicharge, and later firing. Some people were killed and others received minor injuries. The Rapid Action Force (RAF) and State Reserve Police personnel are there and the situation is peaceful right now," a report quoted Deven Bharti, ADG, Law and Order, Maharashtra, on Monday.

Curfew is till on in the affected areas.

Maharashtra chief minister Prithiviraj Chavan had appealed for calm after the incident. "I appeal to every one to maintain peace and calm," a report had quoted Chavan as saying.