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Security tightened at Pottireddypatti following clash

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Three injured persons admitted to Namakkal Government Hospital

The gate of the Pottireddypatti Panchayat Office in Namakkal district that was locked following a clash on Wednesday. — Photo: M.K. Ananth
The gate of the Pottireddypatti Panchayat Office in Namakkal district that was locked following a clash on Wednesday. — Photo: M.K. Ananth

Security has been beefed up at Pottireddypatti on Thuraiyur Road in the district following a clash between people belonging two castes in the Hindu community.

According to the police, there was a heated argument between a few youth from the two groups on Wednesday night. Soon it snowballed into a clash.

However, the situation was brought under control after a team of nearly 40 police personnel rushed to the village. The police said some youth from the SC community allegedly picked a quarrel with Sathish, a college student of the same village.

According to the police, they made fun of Sathish and reportedly beat him up. He raised an alarm and ran into the village.

Soon a clash ensued between the two groups. Street lights, taps and pipes were damaged in the fight.

On Wednesday night, Murugesan, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar representing the SC community, lodged a complaint with the Erumapatty police that a few people came to their localities and attacked them.

A case was registered under Section 3 (1) (10) of the Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act.

On Thursday morning, persons belonging to the SC community locked the village panchayat office which has a balwadi and an overhead water tank. They refused to open it till the accused were arrested. Namakkal Tahsildar, other district level revenue officials and the district police personnel tried to pacify them. But they refused to unlock the gate.

The gate was opened on Thursday afternoon only after five persons – Velmurugan (33), Senthil (30), Karthik (21), Sathish (19) and Prasanth (21) – were arrested.

An FIR has been registered against Varadharaj, Boopathi, Prabakaran, Singaram, Arasakumar, Arivalagan, Mohanraj and Thasakumar of the other group too, the police said.

Three persons – Singaravelu (28), Manikandan (22) and Thasakumar (23) – who were injured in the clash have been admitted to the Namakkal Government Hospital. Though the situation is under control, a strong contingent of the police, headed by two Deputy Superintendents of Police, is camping in the area, the police added.

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