Ten villagers, including some women, were injured when the police resorted to lathi charge to disperse a mob that indulged in stone throwing during a temple festival at Sentharapatti village in Thammamapatti block on Wednesday night.

The window panes of a police jeep broke in the stone throwing. The annual Chitrai festival of the HR and CE- run temples in the village began this week. Dalits in the village had asked the district administration to ensure that the procession of deities cover streets of Dalit colonies too. The police and revenue officials organised a peace committee meeting two days back in which both Dalits and caste Hindus attended. Since the meeting failed to resolve the issue, the administration decided not to permit procession this year.

But on Wednesday evening, some women and men belonging to caste Hindus attempted to take out a procession carrying deities on their heads. The police blocked their way and an altercation ensued. It is reported that someone among the crowd started throwing stones prompting the police to resort to lathi charge.

Attur DSP P. Krishnaraj told The Hindu ' that 16 persons had been arrested under Sections 147, 148, 353 and 506 (II) of Indian Penal Code and Section 3 of The Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.

A bandh was observed in the village on Thursday in protest against the police action.

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