Dam row: 4 injured as stones pelted at TN govt bus
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 15:57
  
Coimbatore: Four persons, including two children below six years old, were injured when miscreants hurled stones at a Tamil Nadu government bus in which they were travelling from Palakkad in Kerala to Coimbatore, police said.

The incident, which took place Friday night at Kallimedu along the Palakkad-Coimbatore route, is suspected to be a part of the protests over the ongoing Mullaperiyar dam issue, police said.

One other Tamil Nadu government owned bus headed to Coimbatore from Palakkad was also attacked, in which its window screens were shattered, they said. The gang that had hurled stones at the two buses had come in a car and fled after the incident, they added.

The injured were Saleem (32), who suffered a head injury and two children whose names were not given. Another man also suffered minor injuries.

Meanwhile, 11 persons belonging to Tamil Deshiya Munnani, were arrested in the city today when they raised slogans and attempted to enter the renowned Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, run by a group hailing from Kerala, to protest against the stand of the Kerala government on the dam issue, police said.

While Kerala is pressing for the construction of a new dam at Mullaperiyar citing safety concerns over the 116-year-old reservoir, Tamil Nadu has maintained that the dam is "as good as new" and accused its neighbouring state of whipping up a "fear psychosis" over the issue.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011, 15:57


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