The police, on Thursday, chased away two groups at Thirubuvanai near here, when trouble broke between residents of Thirubuvanai Palayam and Pallineliyanur, in connection with the damage of a vehicle in an accident at Palayam a few days ago.

The police, who were deployed in Palayam, resorted to lathicharge when the warring groups were about to attack each other with deadly weapons on Thursday morning. Security has been tightened in and around Palayam to prevent further clashes.

Police said the situation had been brought under control. Round the clock vigil would be maintained to ensure peace in the trouble areas.