TN: Bus services hit after Dalit leader`s murder

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 11:25

Madurai: Bus services to several southern
districts including Dindigul, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli were affected after news about the murder of a Dalit leader in Dindigul spread across the areas, police said.

Many buses and private vehicles were damaged in stone pelting by unidentified miscreants at some places, after Pasupathi Pandian, founder of Devendra Kula Velalar Kootamaippu (Federation), was yesterday hacked to death by unidentified persons in front of his residence at
Nandavanapatti area in Dindigul district, police said.

Police said the situation was being closely monitored and bus services resumed in many districts, including Madurai, Theni and Tuticorin, though they were behind schedule by two hours.
Meanwhile, heavy police bandobust was arranged at Dindigul
Government Hospital where the body of Pandian (50) was kept
after postmortem was performed today morning. The body was
later taken to Talamuthunagar in Tuticorin district for the
funeral.

Officials said some parts of Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli
and Tuticorin districts were tense, but added the situation
was fully under control.
Special teams had been formed to nab the gang who hacked
the Dalit leader, the officials said, adding bus services to
sensitive areas had been cancelled.

There had been power cut when Pandian was hacked to death
and the gang had escaped using the darkness as cover, they
said.

Meanwhile in Dindigul, educational institutions were closed
in the aftermath of the murder. Shops in many areas of the
district also remained closed.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 11:25
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