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Wednesday 20 February 2013

Funeral procession triggers caste clash, 7 hurt

Funeral procession triggers caste clash, 7 hurt

A clash broke out between Dalits and Caste Hindus during a funeral procession near Cuddalore on Monday night. Seven people were injured and three of them were admitted to the Cuddalore GH. Following the clash, the body was left on the road for about 45 minutes.
Sources said, "A clash erupted during the funeral procession of Deivanayagam (55), a Dalit resident of Pangattu Colony. When the procession was passing through Unnamalaichetti Chavadi, where Caste Hindus reside, things went out of control."
"It is a practice in this area, when a funeral procession crosses the Ayyanar temple here, drums would not be played and there would be no dancing. The procession should be peaceful without any noise. Contrary to this, the Dalits made noise drawing the ire of the Caste Hindus," sources said.
Following this, both groups started quarrelling and it developed into a clash. They attacked each other and pelted stones. Of the seven injured, three were admitted to hospital and four suffered minor injuries, said the police.
Meanwhile, the dead body was left on the road for around 45 minutes. Police arrived at the spot, after which the situation was brought under control.
The body was taken to the burial ground with police protection.
Police sources said, "There was previous enmity between the two communities regarding this issue."

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