Special Correspondent

VELLORE: Two persons, one each belonging to the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam and the Pattali Makkal Katchi, were injured and a car belonging to a DMDK member was damaged in a clash between the cadres of the two parties at Oonai Pallathur near Anaicut about 25 km from here on Sunday.

The clash was a sequel to an alleged attempt by DMDK cadres to distribute sweets to women belonging to the PMK after the DMDK State youth wing secretary L.K. Sudheesh hoisted the party flag in Oonai Pallathur on Sunday. After hoisting the flag in Poigai, Mr. Sudheesh and other party cadres had gone in a convoy and hoisted the flags in about 50 villages before they reached Oonai Pallathur, the sources said.

After the party flag was hoisted in Oonai Pallathur, the cadres distributed sweets to the public. When they tried to give sweets to two women, who were said to belong to the PMK, the cadres of PMK objected to it and picked a quarrel. The verbal duel ended in the cadres exchanging blows. Dakshinamoorthy, State DMDK youth wing executive committee member, and Dayalan of PMK were injured.

As the DMDK cadres were proceeding to Anaicut in a convoy, the PMK cadres allegedly attacked their cars. The windscreen of the car in which Mr. Sudheesh was travelling was smashed. Some cars were stoned. Following the incident, both the DMDK and PMK cadres went to the Anaicut police station and lodged complaints against each other.

The police registered cases against six persons belonging to the PMK on a complaint lodged by the DMDK, and against 10 persons belonging to the DMDK on a complaint lodged by the PMK.

Mr. Sudheesh led a procession of DMDK cadres to the District Police Office here on Monday and submitted a petition to N. Arivuselvam, Superintendent of Police, urging him to take action against the PMK cadres who allegedly indulged in violence.

N.T. Shanmugam, State vice-president of the PMK, led a procession of party cadres to the DPO in the evening and submitted a petition to the Superintenden pleading for action against the DMDK cadres. The officer promised both the petitioners that action would be taken after investigation.

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