Six more fishermen from villages on the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border were arrested on Monday in connection with the recent riot by a group of fishermen in Chinna Mangodu Kuppam village on the banks of the Pulicat lake.
Six police personnel, including an ADSP and two inspectors, were injured in the attack on Saturday. ADSP Stalin was stabbed with an iron bar and was recovering in hospital. While on Sunday, 15 men were arrested, the Thiruvallur district police on Monday arrested six more people identified as Karthick, Rajesh, Balan, Jadaraj, Vivek and Desappan.
Almost all men in the fishing hamlets on the border had gone into hiding on the various islands in the lake. The TN police were coordinating with their Andhra counterparts in securing the persons behind the riots.
Meanwhile, commandos were stationed in the fishing village to prevent any further untoward incidents and officials said the situation is under control.
The police are also gathering pictures taken by photojournalists to identify the men involved in the riot.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Revenue Minister B V Ramana visited Chinna Mangodu Kuppam village on Monday. The residents told the Minister that they have lost their livelihood as many of their boats were destroyed and it would take them years to rebuild their lives.