What had happened at Marakkanam off the East Coast Road on Thursday was the stark reminder of the Dharmapuri type of violence unleashed by supporters of a particular political party on the oppressed sections of the society, said Thol.Thirumavalavan, leader of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi.

After inspecting the affected area on Friday, Mr. Thirumavalavan told The Hindu that it was a planned attack on the Dalits.

He attributed the recurrence of such attacks on Dalits to the round-the-clock hate campaign being carried out by leaders of a particular political party.

Only when such a trend was arrested the Dalits could live in peace, he added.

Earlier, he disbursed monetary support to the affected people.