Police raided some houses in a village near here today after some crude bombs were thrown at some personnel posted on security duty following a clash between two groups of dalits, police sources said.
Sixty-nine persons, including 52 women, belonging to the V Pudupatti village, 40 km from here, who had taken refuge in a nearby hill, were arrested as they refused to return and police apprehended that there could be more violence if they continued to stay there, police said.
The clash between two groups of dalits who were at loggerheads for the past several years, erupted a few days ago after some unidentified persons pelted stones at the houses of a rival group.
Police had arrested two persons two days ago in connection with the clash and were investigating.
Meanwhile, more than 200 dalits took refuge in a nearby hill,alleging that police were harassing them.
Police were deployed in the village and near the hill , police said, adding, last night some miscreants hurled some country bombs at the police team posted in the village but none were injured as the bombs did not explode.
SP Najmalhoda tried to persuade those who had taken refuge in the hill to return to the village but they refused, police said.
Police apprehended that if the group continued to stay in the hill,there could be more violence, and arrested 69 persons including 52 women today, sources said.
The bombs had been defused.
Police raided the houses in the village to find if bombs had been stored, sources added.