Tamil Nadu: Mob sets 285 Dalits' houses on fire after man commits suicide
Nov 09, 2012 at 04:04pm IST
Dharmapuri: Angered by a man
committing suicide over his daughter marrying a Dalit boy, a mob torched
285 huts in three Dalit colonies in the district, but there were no
casualties as all the people had fled to neighbouring areas, police
said. They said the crowd first targeted Natham, the boy's village and
two other Dalit colonies Kondampatty and Anna Nagar on November 7 night,
using petrol bombs to set ablaze the huts.
The villagers had got wind of the impending attack beforehand and
fled, they said. The couple had got married on October 14. Sanjay
Kumar, DIG (Salem), said 90 persons have so far been arrested in
connection with the violence and that armed police personnel had been
posted in the villages.
He said the couple are now in a safe area under police
protection. Collector Lily said the situation was now under control and
that the administration had made all arrangements to provide those
affected with food and water. The villagers would also be provided
ration cards, she said.