Puducherry : Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse a a mob, which blocked road at Karikkalampakkam near here at last night following a clash between two groups.
According to police, it all started with a clash between two groups led by the president of Federation of Village Panchayat Presidents Association, Jaganathan, and one Indrajit. Shanmugham, a mason had taken contract of the houses of both Jaganathan and Indrajit. However, instead of working for Indrajit, Shanmugham continued to work at Jaganathan’s house. Agitated over this, Indrajit along with a few others, had a heated arguement with Shanmugham.
Hearing this, Jaganathan and his supporters, allegedly attacked Indrajit and his group last night. Indrajit lodged a complaint with the Villianur police, but the police failed to register a case against Jaganathan and his supporters.
Irate over this, the group led by Indrajit, resorted to road blockade and smashed the windscreen of three buses forcing the police to resort to lathicharge, in which three sustained injuries.
Following this, police registered cases under non-bailable sections against Mr Jaganathan and his brother Velmurugan today. They also arrested six others from the opposition side, including Kumaresan, the Embalom constituency of the Youth Congress(YC) President. The YC volunteers led by its President Shankar today picketed the Villianur police station, demanding that the sub-inspector Venkatesan, who resorted to lathicharge be suspended and the case against Kumaresan be withdrawn.
Meanwhile, the Federation for people’s rights condemned the arrest of Jaganathan and demanded his immediate release.
In a statement here, Federation President G Sugumaran said since Jaganathan was striving for devolution of powers to the elected local body representatives, the case was foisted against him at the instance of the rulers.
Uni / 29.09.2009