Culvert blown up, 11 held for torching shops, buses ply with police protection

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) activists were arrested in Dharmapuri and Salem districts for torching ration outlets and State-run liquor shops, while a small culvert in Dharmapuri was blasted in the small hours of Tuesday.

The Dharmapuri police arrested three persons, including a PMK councillor, in connection with the torching of a PDS outlet at Annasagaram on Friday and two persons on charges of setting ablaze a TASMAC liquor outlet at Kurumbatti on Saturday night.

In the wake of threat from the agitating members of various castes, the police intensified vigil near PDS outlets and TASMAC shops. Employees of the PDS outlets were asked to stay there at night in both districts. Police protection was given to all liquor outlets.

A small culvert in Vederampatti village near Kambainallur was blown up by unidentified persons on Monday night, police sources said.

A part of the bridge collapsed under the impact, Superintendent of Police Asra Garg visited the spot. Experts from the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad collected samples.

Earlier on Saturday, police foiled an attempt to blast a culvert allegedly by PMK men near a Murugan temple in Morappur. Two persons were arrested from Thippampatti and Chellankottai village near Naikkankottai in this regard.

5 held at Kolathur

The Salem rural police on Tuesday arrested five persons on charges of setting fire to a PDS outlet near Kolathur. Commodities in gunny bags valued at Rs. 59,000 were gutted.

Meanwhile, TNSTC buses from Mettur, Kolathur and other interior places were operated in convoys with police escort after 6 p.m. Senior police officials said no incidents of stoning of buses were reported in the district on Tuesday. Private buses were also given protection.

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