Uneasy calm prevails in two villages, one inhabited by Dalits and another by caste Hindus, near here on Monday.
Meenampatti North Street, inhabited by Dalits, and Ramasamypuram, inhabited by caste Hindus, remained calm all these years.
The problem started when a clash broke out between V. Marimuthu (38) and Y. Vetriselvam (29) in a Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) liquor outlet on October 13.
Gurusamy, chairman of the Primary Agricultural Co-operative Bank and branch secretary of the AIADMK, intervened in the issue and tried to bring about reconciliation between them.
However, both groups clashed again on October 20 and pelted stones at each other.
Two persons from one group – Gurusamy and Marimuthu – suffered severe head injuries and they were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Government Hospital here.
On Monday, Gurusamy was shifted to a private hospital as his condition deteriorated.
Vetriselvam, who belonged to the other group, was shifted to the Government Rajaji Hospital.
Following complaints from both sides, the East police have registered cases under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against seven persons.
Two of the accused – Selvam and Dhilipkumar – were arrested and remanded in custody, while three others are still in hospitals.
A hunt is on to nab two others – Vinodh and Sahayaraj.
Police pickets have been posted at both the villages to prevent any untoward incident.