Thursday, January 12, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Protests over Dalit leader’s murder, bus services hit

Madurai, January 11, 2012
Protests over Dalit leader's murder, bus services hit

Protests rocked several places in Dindigul district on Wednesday over
the murder of a Dalit leader, disrupting bus services to several
southern districts of Tamil Nadu.

Protests were held in various areas after Pasupathi Pandian, founder
of Devendra Kula Velalar Kootamaippu (Federation), was hacked to death
by unidentified persons in front of his residence in Dindigul district
yesterday, they said

Some of these protests turned violent, with unidentified persons
damaging buses and private vehicles by pelting stones.

Police said the situation was being closely monitored and bus services
have resumed in some districts, including Madurai, Theni and
Tuticorin, though they were delayed by over two hours.

Meanwhile, heavy police bandobast was made at Dindigul Government
Hospital, where the body of Pandian (50) was kept after postmortem.
The body was later taken to Talamuthunagar in Tuticorin district for
funeral, officials said.

Although some parts of Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin
districts are tense, the situation is under control, they said.

Special teams have been formed to nab the gang who hacked the Dalit
leader, said a top police officer, adding bus services to sensitive
areas had been cancelled as a precautionary step.

Meanwhile, educational institutions and shops in various areas of
Dindigul district remained closed today in the aftermath of the


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