|Violence during Ganesh procession|
|Sep 20, 2010 01.00 PM|
Clashes broke out in the coastal
parts of the district here between processionists’ and fishermen
during the Vinayaka idol immersion rally at Uthaya Marthandam near
The incident took place as security, which usually used to be tight, was lax on account of the impending visit of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to Nagercoil on Sunday, to attend the DMK’s Mupperum vizha a source said.
A PDS outlet was completely gutted; a bus was set on fire and it was burning till late in the evening, in the absence of fire tenders to put out the blaze. The houses of a few fishermen were also damaged.
A few policemen were also injured after miscreants pelted stones
on their vehicles. Shanmuga Rajeswaran and District SP Rajendran
visited the spot. Following this the DIG held talks with the fishermen’s
groups as a result of which the idol immersion rally went ahead
under full police protection.
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