Six persons were arrested on Thursday in connection with Wednesday’s violence in a Dalit colony at Meliruppu near Panruti in the district.
Collector R. Kirloshkumar visited the colony and reassured the victims. He Collector told The Hindu that the administration distributed Rs. 5,000, 10 kg of rice, one litre of kerosene and a set of dhotis and saris to the nine families who had lost their tenements. The affected families have been accommodated in a nearby school. Three huts were destroyed and a thatched tenement was partially damaged.
It is proposed to construct three houses under the Chief Minister’s Green House Scheme and one under the Indira Awaz Yojana (IAY) Scheme, the Collector said.
He had sanctioned Rs. 1.80 lakh — Rs. 20,000 to each of the nine affected families — from his discretionary funds.
Asked whether any peace committee had been formed to mend the strained relations between the two communities, the Collector said that he would soon convene an all-party meeting.
Protesting the arrests, a large number of people gathered in front of the Kadampuliyur police station and lodged counter complaints naming 76 persons from the other community.
A team, comprising representatives of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and the Communist Party of India (Marxist), convened a meeting of the Dalits and heard their grievances.
The members of the Red Cross Society distributed utensils, bed sheets and mats to the victims.