Friday, September 9, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Communal tension in village

Communal tension in village
TNN | Sep 9, 2011, 06.23AM IST

MADURAI: Tension prevailed at Uthapuram village in Madurai district
after a clash broke out between dalits and Caste Hindus, on Thursday
Police said that a curfew was ordered and the situation was brought
under control. Police said that a dalit youth had erected a billboard
to mark the memorial day of Immanuel Sekaran.
However, a caste Hindu woman attempted to tear down the board on
Thursday evening sparking tension. The heated argument turned out into
a quarrel and soon caste Hindus started pelting stones on the dalits,
who then retaliated.
Meanwhile, Madurai Rural SP Asra Garg rushed to the spot with striking
force personnel. Soon after the police force reached the village, both
the groups dispersed from the spot. Police said that more than 300
police personnel were deployed for security purpose.
Asra Garg said that the situation is under control. "We have provided
tight security and are conducting a detailed inquiry," he said.
Uthapuram was in the headlines two years back when the dalits exposed
a wall built by caste Hindus to prevent them from accessing a arterial
street that led to their dwellings. The wall was partly demolished by
the state government after a series of protest by the dalit villagers.

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