92 held for attack on Dalit colonies in TN

Police claimed that normalcy has returned in the violence-hit areas of Dharmapuri district.

Dharmapuri (TN): Police claimed that normalcy has returned in the violence-hit areas of the district with the arrest of 92 persons today for the Wednesday`s torching of 268 huts in three Dalit colonies.

Normalcy had returned in the colonies as heavy police pickets were posted after violence broke out following a man committing suicide upon his daughter marrying a Dalit, Salem Range DIG Sanjay Kumar, who is camping in the area along with three SPs, said.

The crowd had targeted Natham, the boy`s village, and Kondampatty and Anna Nagar on November 7 night, but there were no casualties as the villagers had got wind of the impending attack beforehand and fled.

Some more people were wanted in connection with the incident and they would be nabbed soon, he said.

In a related development, Madras High Court directed the state government to file a counter affidavit giving the entire details of the incident and the action taken by the administration as also the result of the investigation.

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam, directed that officer in the rank of the Deputy Inspector General of Police should conduct the investigation.

The bench was informed that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has already directed the range DIG to maintain law and order in that area and take action against the miscreants.

When a PIL on the attack came up for hearing, the bench also said those displaced should be provided shelter and proper security extended to them.

The couple had got married on October 14, and upset over this, the girl`s father ended his life. Angered by this, a group of his community set afire 268 huts in the three colonies. But there were no casualties as all the people had fled to neighouring areas, police said.

Sanjay Kumar told PTI that armed police personnel had been posted in the villages and warned that anyone indulging in Kangaroo courts would face stern action. He said the couple were now in a safe place under police protection.

The DIG said he had ordered District SP Asra Garg to hold a probe on whether there was any laxity on the part of police personnel in taking prompt action.

Collector Lily said the situation was now under control and that the administration had made all arrangements to provide those affected with food and water. The villagers would also be provided ration cards, she said.