Palaniyappan hands over cheques for Rs. 50,000 to each of 268 families

The Director of National Commission for Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, D. Venkatesan, is likely to visit on Saturday Dalit colonies in and around Naikkankottai village which witnessed caste conflict on Wednesday evening.

This was stated by sources in the district administration.

On Friday, Higher Education Minister T. Palaniyappan handed over cheques for Rs.50,000 to each of the 268 families. The Minister promised the victims that steps would be taken to restore peace. District Collector R. Lilly said the livelihood of the families would be restored through various schemes.

According to Superintendent of Police Asra Garg, those who fled the colonies returned. The police, however, are on high alert and are taking no chances. The entire village has been brought under tight security.

As many as 500 police personnel have been deployed. The situation is being closely monitored by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Salem Range, Sanjay Kumar and four Superintendents of Police. Ms. Lilly said the affected families were provided saris, dhotis, utensils and other essential items.

Meanwhile, the Chellankottai village where Nagaraj, the father of the girl who married the Dalit boy, committed suicide, was devoid of any activity.

Fifty-year-old Nagamma said only a few women remained in the village since the police had detained all men in connection with the attack. At least, the school-going boys must be released, she said.