RAMANATHAPURAM: A man and his family were allegedly ostracised by the residents of their village, after he rented out a commercial space, which he owned, to a TASMAC outlet. Six years ago, Dharmaraj, a resident of Kattukavalkaran Valasai village, rented out four shops he owned in the village to some other persons.
One of these shops was reportedly used to run a TASMAC outlet. Locals objected to this and took up the issue with Dharmaraj, leading to a verbal altercation. Following the dispute, Dharmaraj and his family were allegedly ostracised from the community. They were not invited to functions in the village and to a recent temple festival, Dharmaraj claimed.
The villagers also forcefully closed down the TASMAC outlet that was being run in Dharamaj’s shop.
On Monday, Dharamaraj and his son lodged a complaint in this regard with Superintendent of Police Maheskumar.
The SP directed the police to conduct an inquiry. Sources said the police have arranged for peace talks in the village.