Theni: 50 persons were injured on Sunday
when police made a lathicharge to disperse protesters who
gheraoed Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam and
allegedly threw slippers at him at the state border near
Kumili after he tried to persuade them to give up their
agitation on the Mullaperiyar dam issue.
Police said the minister escaped unhurt and was later
taken away from the spot via another route.
They said the violence broke out after a man told about
10,000 protesters on the Tamil Nadu side that he had been
attacked by some persons while walking down a road in Kumili
on the Kerala border.
This led to the crowd pelting stones at some people in
Kerala, which was replied in kind.
Panneerselvam, who had gone to the spot to pacify them,
tried in vain to stop the agitators. They gheraoed the
minister and allegedly threw slippers at him, the police said.
They said cases had been registered against more than 10
persons for indulging in violence.
The row over the dam has escalated in recent weeks, with
Kerala insisting on a new dam to replace the 116-year-old
structure, citing safety concerns, leading to attacks on
Tamils and Keralites in some parts of both states.
Opposing Kerala`s position, Tamil Nadu has said the dam
is as good as a new one and moved the Supreme Court on the
issue. The dam is located in Kerala, but controlled by Tamil
Nadu on a 999 year lease.