TN: Jaya orders judicial probe into firing case

Ramanathapuram/Chennai: The situation in Ramanathapuram district is slowly returning to normalcy after being marred by violence leading to the police firing on a stone-pelting mob at Paramakudi, which claimed seven lives.

"The situation in most parts of the district is peaceful... a holiday has been declared for all educational institutions in the district," Collector N Arun Roy told reporters.

Prohibitory orders are still in force, he added.

With two more persons succumbing to injuries at a hospital late last night, the toll in the firing rose to seven.

In Chennai, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the state Assembly that a retired High Court Judge would probe the firing incident which, she indicated, could have been the culmination of communal tension.

"Some of you (opposition members) who spoke here said it was not communal violence. If it be so, we are also happy. But the fact is that derogatory remarks were written on a wall in Mandalamanickam pacheri village (Ramanathapuram district) against Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar (a highly respected nationalist leader)," she said.

"Following this a Class XI student Palanikumar from the village was killed on September 9. Then (Dalit leader) John Pandian leaves (to pay homage on the death anniversary of Dalit leader Imanuel Sekaran) and violence breaks out.

Therefore, all these incidents have happened in an inter-connected chain-like fashion," she said.