Some people belonging to the upper caste have allegedly attacked Dalits and ransacked their houses at Tamaraikulam area in the district, according to police on Sunday.

Cases have been registered against 46 people in connection with the case, police said, adding 10 Salits were injured during the incident which happened on Saturday.

The incident took place in Tiruchuzhi Block following a dispute over the erection of flag posts of Dalit-outfit Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), they said.

Some people belonging to upper caste attacked Dalits, including women and children, ransacked their houses and took away valuables including some jewellery, they said, adding the houses damaged in the incident included that of the Tamaraikulam Municipal vice-president.

Police said VCK partymen had pasted posters against the “caste Hindus” of Tamaraikulam and nearby Thachanendal that had opposed the erection of the flag posts.

“People’s Watch”, an NGO, alleged the two-tumbler system still existed in the village, wherein Dalits and upper caste people are made to use different tumblers in tea shops and eating joints. They also demanded compensation for the Dalits affected by the attack.