Two killed in police firing to quell caste clashes in south Tamil Nadu

Two killed in police firing to quell caste clashes in south
Tamil Nadu

RAMANATHAPURAM: Two persons were killed inpolice firing in Paramakudi in Ramanathapuram district in caste-sensitive south Tamil Nadu while several others including senior police officials were injured in stone pelting incidents that lead to the firing on Sunday afternoon.

One more person is feared to be killed in the incident. In Madurai too police opened fire to disperse a crowd of protestors demanding the release of John Pandian, founder of Tamizhaga Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam, who was detained on the way to Paramakudi to participate in the 54th memorial day observation of Immanuel Sekaran, a dalit leader.

The detention of John Pandian sparked an immediate agitation by dalits who thronged Paramakudi for the memorial and turned violent moments later. The dalits, who staged a protest, soon started pelting stones on the police injuring Ramanathapuram DIG Sandeep Mittal and deputy commissioner of police K A Senthilvelan prompting the police to open fire. Two men among the agitators died on the spot.

As the news of the firing and the death spread more dalits started converging at the spot fuelling further unrest. Police had cordoned off the entire district and stopped vehicles at the entry points of the district to prevent escalation of violence. About 5,000 such vehicles that brought dalits from across the state are lined up outside the district.

Police said that many police vehicles were damaged and set on fire by a mob. “We are not even able to go near the memorial, the epicentre of the violent incidents now,” said a police official. The firing occurred around 1 pm at a distance of about one km from the memorial of Immanuel Sekaran. The bodies of the victims are now with the agitators, police said, adding that no women were injured in the firing.

In Madurai, two persons were injured in a police firing at Chintamani area. The firings have sparked tension in the entire southern Tamil Nadu and heavy posse of police have been posted at sensitive spots.
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1 Comment

  1. selva said,

    September 11, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    people should remember that if the GURUPOOJA of a forward caste leader is on the security will be more as all political leaders will vie for a pie ,since no leader of merit except the dalit leaders turn up this incident is always waiting to happen and moreover this incident is what all parties are wanting to happen as polarization of votes in local election is what has sparked this to happen…………this is not happenstance ……..this is one of the the climax in the long series of political conspiracy……want evidence ..pls try to follow all happenings since the date of local polls were announced.

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