The Coimbatore District Rural Police have booked eight persons under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

According to the police, Rangasamy (36), a resident of Karumathampatty, had allegedly trespassed into the house of V. Gowri , a widow living at K.M.Patty, on March 5 and had allegedly harassed her. Her neighbours reportedly nabbed Rangasamy and handed him over to the police.

However, a quarrel had broken out between Rangasamy and V. Vikky (21), Gowri’s son, on March 7.

Following this, Vikky, Gowri and six others had allegedly assaulted Rangasamy on the same day and abused him using his caste name.

Rangasamy was admitted to Coimbatore Medical College Hospital.

Based on a complaint lodged by Rangasamy, the Karumathampatty Police have registered a case and invoked sections 147 (rioting), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 323 (Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (ii) (if threat be to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code read with Section 3(1)(X) of the SC/ST Act. Further investigations are on.

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