Two dead in police firing in Tamil Nadu

March 9th, 2008 - 3:10 pm ICT by admin  

Chennai, March 9 (IANS) Two people were killed when police opened fire to quell a clash between two communities over offering worship at a church in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district Sunday, police said. According to police, 11 people were also injured in the incident at Ulundurpettai, 200 km south of here. They have been admitted to the district hospital.

“It was a minor clash between converted Christians from the (upper caste) Vanniyar and Dalit communities due to counter claims over rights to offer worship at a church. One person died on the spot and the other on the way to hospital,” state Director General of Police P. Rajendiran told IANS.

“The situation is completely under control as we have rushed reinforcements and are watching the situation,” Rajendiran added.

“Skirmishes like these occur all the time. But this is the first time that police opened fire,” K. Vishnu, an eyewitness belonging to the Vanniyar community said on phone.

Sources from the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), formerly Dalit Panthers of India, said that they were at the receiving end of “oppressive acts” of the Vanniyars.

The Vanniyar dominated PMK led by Ramadoss and the VCK support the DMK regime in the state.

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