Chennai, Apr 28 (): Situation in Marakkanam and its surrounding areas returned back to normalcy on Friday following a clash which took place on Thursday between PMK cadres and Dalit residents.
Trouble started between the two groups after some PMK activists allegedly consumed liquor in a social forestry area in Marakkanam which was opposed by the local dalits. The PMK activists were on their way to attend the annual Chitra Pournami public meeting at Mamallapuram.
Sources said that in the clash, some PMK activists attacked members belonging to Vanniyar community residing on the ECR stretch. 11 houses belonging to the Dalits were destroyed and eight buses were also set ablaze. A total of 150 vehicles belonging to the PMK activists were also damaged in the clash.
Police arrested the PMK activists who were involved in the clash and has filed nearly seven cases against them. To control the mob, Police first used lathicharge and later allegedly fired in the air to disperse the clashing crowd, said a senior police officer. The situation in the area was brought under control in the evening.
“Striking Force” of Tamil Nadu police was also put into service as part of riot control measures. Earlier on Thursday two persons Vivek and Selvaraj died in a separate road accidents which took place during a clash between PMK workers and Dalit residents at Marakkanam.
Vivek, who was travelling with the PMK activists, was hit by a speeding van when he was pulling a tree trunk on the ECR to block the road. Similarly, Selvaraj died after he was trapped between vans transporting PMK activists.
Meanwhile, PMK founder leader Dr S Ramadoss blamed the VCK to have pre-planned the riot and demanded a judicial inquiry into the Marakkanam incident. Ramadoss expressed his concern over the police firing and demanded the police to take strict action against the VCK for the killing of his two party members.