Verbal duel leads to violence near Pozhiyoor
POOVAR: A 57-year-old man was killed and nine persons were injured in clashes between two groups at Fishermen’s Colony in South Kollencode, near Pozhiyoor, on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border on Friday.
The deceased was identified as Arulappan Singaram. Of the injured, one person has been admitted to Government Hospital, Parassala, and the remaining to Government Medical College Hospital, Thiruvananthapuram.
The police said a verbal duel between the two groups of the same community and diocese led to violence around 11 a.m.
Before the police could reach the coastal hamlet falling under the Pozhiyoor police station limits, the two groups clashed using sticks. Arulappan was seriously injured in the melee. He was taken to a hospital at Pozhiyoor. On seeing his condition, the doctors directed him to the medical college. However, his relatives took him back home. The police had a tough time in shifting Arulappan to the hospital. He was declared dead on arrival at the medical college.
Police personnel from the rural police station limits and the city rushed to the area and brought the situation under control. The Quick Response Team was also rushed to the coastal hamlet.
A two-storeyed house and a motorcycle belonging to one of the accused were damaged in the incident.
The police gave the names of the injured as Yesudas, Jombhoy, Christudas, Joy Antony, Shaji, Shibu Antony, Hridayadas, Diatrus and Pleasant. Their condition was stated to be stable.
Local people said a dispute over sharing water from the public tap by women in the colony led to the clashes. However, the police said they were yet to confirm it.
A heavy posse of police, led by N. Gopalakrishnan, Superintendent of Police, Rural, and D. Vijayan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Neyyattinkara, is camping at the site, along with Additional District Magistrate Padmakumari and the Tahsildar.
Arulappan’s body will be handed over to relatives after the post-mortem examination at the medical college on Saturday. Mr. Gopalakrishnan said a case had been registered against nine persons at the Pozhiyoor police station. “The situation is under control. We have posted six police pickets in the locality to prevent any untoward incident. In addition, a 75-member police team led by a Dy.SP has also been deputed,” he said.