Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday requested the Opposition to refrain from describing the untoward incidents in southern districts as “communal riots,” saying complete peace prevailed there, particularly in Ramanathapuram district.
Replying to the Opposition in the Assembly, she said besides solatium to the family members of the deceased, the government would provide employment to one of the family members depending on their education.
She said though all events connected with Guru Pooja of Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar went off peacefully, a van that went through a banned route was attacked at Pambu Vizhunthan on October 30. The driver, Sivakumar of Narikudi, was killed. Four persons had been arrested in this connection.
Similarly, two persons riding a motorcycle through Ponnaiahpuram coming under the jurisdiction of Paramakudi police station were attacked and killed.
Ten persons were arrested and the police used force to disperse a mob of over thousand people in Paramakudi.
On the night of October 30, a vehicle coming from Pasumpon was attacked by unidentified persons near a tollgate in Chinthamani. When the driver stopped the vehicle, the miscreants threw petrol bombs into the car and all the 20 persons travelling in the car were injured. The car was completely destroyed.
The injured are from S. Pulinankulam and 11 among them sustained 50 per cent burns and are being treated in private and government hospitals. Police have arrested three persons in connection with the incident.
The Chief Minister said families of the deceased had been given Rs. 5 lakh each and the severely injured Rs. 1 lakh each.
Those who have sustained minor injuries have been given Rs. 50,000.