Two teams of police deployed at Chavadi and at Sokkanathapuram
Tension prevailed in two wards of Chinnamanur Municipality since Saturday night as a short skirmish between two teams in a cricket match turned into a major group clash.
Wind panes of six cars and five two wheelers were damaged when an unruly mob pelted stones on the houses and vehicles in Muthalamman Chavadi.
The police said that children of Muthalamman Chavadi and Sokkanathapuram played a cricket match on Saturday evening and both had quarrelled over a decision taken in the match. After a wordy duel, the teams left the place.
When the children of Muthalamman Chavadi complained to the elders, they reportedly went to Sokkanathapuram and shouted at the parents of rival team members. Around 8 p.m., a section of people went to Muthalamman Chavadi and attacked the houses and pelted stones on the vehicles.
More than 1,000 panicked residents of Chavadi congregated on the Odaipatti Main Road and attempted to proceed to Sokkanathapuram.
Meanwhile, the police rushed to the spot and stopped the crowd assuring to take action against violators. Heavy police were deployed in these areas.
Acting on a complaint lodged by Selvam (40) of Chavadi, the police registered cases and arrested seven persons – Prabakaran (23), Deivam (46), Ram Kumar (29), Azhagu Raja (23) Deivendran (27), Veera Jayakumar (25) and Thothan alias Murugan (46) – in this connection.
Chavadi residents thronged Chinnamanur main road on Sunday morning condemning partiality shown by the police in arresting the real accused. They did not arrest the persons behind the incident, local people alleged.
In the complaint, the petitioner alleged that Amma Peravai town secretary Murugan and 14th ward councillor Pothi Rajan were behind the attack. They also said that police were tacitly supporting the ruling party functionaries.
Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar Abhinapu who camped in Chinnamanur sought a week to arrest all the accused behind the attack. Later, they dispersed.
Two teams of police led by DSPs were deployed at Chavadi and at Sokkanathapuram to prevent further escalation of tension.
The police sources said that both groups had enmity over attack on VOC statue in the town two months ago.