Tension prevailed in Kariyampatti village following the death of a retired government bus conductor here on Wednesday.

Around 7 a.m., a group of caste Hindus squatted before Kaliamman temple, with the corpse of Rasukalai alias Nachimuthu (60) and demanded the police to conduct a post-mortem. Subsequently, police held talks with the community members and booked a case of suspicious death.

According to Nilakottai police, the victim, had gone to his farm in Kariyampatti village on Tuesday night. The following morning his body was found floating in a well in the farm.

Even as the police said that it was a natural death, family members of the deceased, claimed that he was chased by an unidentified gang from Nadupatti village, before he fell into the well and died. Later in the evening they made contradictory statements that he succumbed to his injuries, he sustained in the recent clashes that occurred in the village a week ago. It may be recalled that a clash erupted between residents of two villages on November 25. In the violence that ensued at Nadupatti village, six houses were set on fire and 20 houses damaged. About 80 persons from Nadupatti and Kariyampatti village were arrested.

However, the district administration imposed a curfew in Nadupatti village on December 2. Blaming the district administration and the police for the violence in Nadupatti, Kathir, Director of Evidence, an NGO, said that the Collector and Superintendent of police did nothing tangible to bring back the Dalits who deserted their homes after the clashes. Moreover, the curfew in the village has affected the normal life of the villagers, he added.

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