A day after Chief Minister Jayalalithaa warned of stringent action against those who instigated innocent people on caste lines, the State police cracked the whip on Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) and Vanniyar Sangam.

PMK leaders S. Ramdoss, G.K. Mani and hundreds of others were arrested across the northern districts on various charges on Tuesday.

Even as prohibitory orders were clamped in Villupuram district under the provisions of Section 144 of Cr.PC, Dr. Ramadoss led about 400 cadres to stage a demonstration near the Villupuram railway station.

A strong police posse intercepted the protesters and took them into custody. They were remanded in judicial custody for 15 days.

A special team of the Kancheepuram police arrested PMK floor leader Kaduvetti J. Guru from the MLAs’ hostel here in connection with an old case for which a warrant was pending. The case pertains to Mr. Guru making an inflammatory speech in Thalambur.

Buses damaged

As the arrests were being made, suspected PMK sympathisers damaged 25 buses, mostly state-owned. At Uthangarai in Krishnagiri district, a mob forced out passengers and set a bus on fire.

In Villupuram and adjoining areas, stones were thrown at a dozen buses damaging window panes.

Violent incidents targeting a particular community were reported near Marakkanam in Kancheepuram district during the ‘Chitra Pournami’ festival.

The incidents drew sharp criticism in the State Assembly and Ms. Jayalalithaa held the PMK and Vanniyar Sangam responsible for the attack.

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