Six Injured as Row over Land Triggers Fight
KARUR: Six persons were injured in a clash between Dalits and caste Hindus that broke out at a village on Sunday night.
Sources said that a majority of the people who live in Sinnamanayakanpatti bound to Velliyanai police limit are caste Hindus. However, a few Dalit families also reside in the same hamlet. A dispute over utilising the government land for functions has been raging on between the two communities for long and presently, the matter is sub-judice.
Sources said that a few Dalit youth had cleaned the disputed part of land on Sunday night, ahead of a temple festival and an argument broke out when people from the dominant caste went on to prevent them. They exchanged heated arguments which led to fist fights, and later turned into a full fledged caste clash. Residents from both communities squatted and pelted stones against each other, sources added.
A Dalit woman alleged that some miscreants tured off the power supply and beat them black and blue with wooden logs. They submitted a petition with Collector S Jayandhi on Monday to ensure safety and security for them in the hamlet. In the melee, six persons including a Dalit woman were reportedly injured and were admitted to Karur government hospital. A contingent of police personnel were pressed into action.
Based on the complaint lodged by Mayavan (30) from the Dalit community, Velliyanai police booked a case against 14 persons including Palanisamy, Sakthivel, Raju, Ponnusamy and Sekar under relevant sections of SC/ST Act.
Meanwhile, acting on the complaint by Raju (62) from the dominant caste, police booked cases including attempt to murder charges.