Section 144 has been imposed by the Tamil Nadu police in 30 villages in Ponnamaravathi block of Pudukkottai district following violence between two caste groups.
Accoording to reports, cases have been filed against around 1000 persons and tight security is in place in the entire district. TASMAC liquor shops have been closed.
Three policemen 15 locals were injured in stone-pelting in Ponnamaravathi town early Friday morning, when clashes broke out between two Other Backward Caste communities, the Mukkulathors and Mutharaiyars.
On Thursday night, a large number of villagers near Ponnamaravathi said to be belonging to Muthuraja community besieged the police station demanding action against the accused who had spoken against their community.
Meanwhile, another group resorted to a road roko and prevented the entry of buses, asked shop owners to pull down shutters and went around intimidating people.
On information, a police party led by SP, Selvaraj persuaded the agitators to leave with an assurance that the culprits will be booked within 24 hours and restored normalcy. This was the situation late on Thursday night after the polling to the Lok Sabha elections were over.
“It started when an audio clip leaked in social networks on Wednesday evening. In that clip, two Mukkulathor men made derogatory comments against Mutharaiyars women. In retaliation, Mutharaiyars cut down trees and vandalized shops in Ponnamaravathi town,” officials were quoted as saying.