The riot-torn town of Dhule saw its guardian minister visiting and pacifying the people struck with fear and anxiety.
Suresh Shetty addressed meetings of officials and people’s representatives and said that the focus was to bring normalcy to the town.
After the riot on Sunday, an uneasy calm prevailed over the town on Monday.
Shetty said CM Prithviraj Chavan has appointed deputy general of police, law and order, Javed Ahmed to conduct an inquiry into Sunday’s riot. The senior officer will submit his report to the chief minster and home minister. Based on the report decision for a judicial inquiry will be taken.
He said the priority was to restore normalcy in the town and instill confidence among the citizens. Others issues can be discussed later, he stressed.
The government will provide ex gratia assistance to the kin of the deceased and to the injured. The medical expenses of those admitted to private hospital will also be taken care of by the government, the minister announced.
BJP leader Eknath Khadse also visited Dhule. He said, “This was a very unfortunate incident. Such incidents happening in a city is not healthy for its growth and must be stopped immediately. All the guilty must be punished.”
Local MLAs and leaders of political parties were also stationed in Dhule on Monday.