The Thirukkurunkudi police are on the lookout for a group of caste Hindus who allegedly damaged the houses of Dalits of Thenkarai near Valliyoor in the district on Wednesday over a trivial issue. According to Thenkarai villagers, a section of caste Hindus of Nambithalaivanpattaiyam was opposing the Dalits of Thenkarai carrying dead bodies to the cremation ground through their village. When the Dalits were taking the body of Thavamani alias Kumari (65) to the cremation ground at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, some caste Hindus protested and an altercation ensued between them and the Dalits.

“A large number of caste Hindus damaged 10 houses and two-wheelers. They also attacked four women before returning to their village,” the Thenkarai villagers alleged. Additional Superintendent of Police P.Mahendran and Deputy Superintendent of Police, Valliyoor, N.K.Stanley Jones visited the areas.