Virudhunagar (TN): Tension prevailed in and around Irukkankudi in the district after Friday night clashes between people of two villages over a temple left ten persons injured and led to police lathicharge.

The people of Irrukankudi and neighbouring Nathathupatti villages are at loggerheads staking claim to a famous Goddess Mariamman temple located in their border area.

Both village panchayats were claiming right over collecting Professional tax and parking fees from the employees of the temple, which attracted a large number of devotees.

Trouble arose on Thursday when people of Natthathupatti blocked the road traffic to Irukkandui, following which people of the latter picketed the temple premises.
Tension prevailed as the Police arranged for the safe passage of Nathathupatti panchayat president Murugaboopathi from Irukkankudi where he had come for some work.
A section of the warring groups pelted stones at Police vehicles, injuring inspector Manikandan and jeep driver Rajanarayanan.

As the situation went out of control, Police dispersed both the groups that blocked the temple and the road. Ten persons were injured in the lathicharge and violence last night. Nine of them had been hospitalised at Sattur while a woman admitted to Madurai Government Rajaji Hospital.

Police on Friday registered cases against 50 persons, including Irrukankudi panchayat President Pavunraj and Nattamai Muthusamy.


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