NAGERCOIL: Mild tension prevailed during the funeral procession of Hindu Munnani’s senior functionary, K P Suresh Kumar, here on Friday as police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the outfit’s activists when they tried to assault a man belonging to a particular community.
According to police, the Munnani activists after receiving Suresh Kumar’s body, which arrived from Chennai in an ambulance after autopsy, took it out in a procession from APPTA market near Ozhigunesary to other parts of the town around 7 am.
While the procession was on its way to Kakoodu, Suresh’s native village, near Thuckalay, activists of various Hindu outfits, who were accompanying the ambulance, tried to assault one Faizal (25), a resident of Manali, near Kaaravilai.
Though a section of mourners rescued and handed over Faizal to police, some activists began pelting stones at the jeep he was sitting in, police said.
To bring the situation under control, police resorted to a mild lathi charge. The procession was allowed to resume after sometime. Faizal, who was reportedly injured, was later admitted to Kanyakumari Government Medical College Hospital at Aasaripallam.
However, Munnani activists claimed that they had picked up an argument with the man for taking photographs of the procession without permission. Senior functionaries had intervened and handed over the man to police, who set him free at Karavilai.
On seeing this, the cadre entered into a heated argument with the police, who resorted to a lathi charge to disperse the crowd.
The funeral procession reached Kakoodu by noon, where senior BJP leaders, including Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, and other leaders of Hindu outfits paid their homage.
Police had enhanced security by deploying additional forces at sensitive locations the procession was to pass through. A strong contingent, led by Tirunelveli range Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sumit Sharan, Superintendent of Police, N Manivannan, and senior revenue department officials, was also present at the venue.
Hundreds of Hindu Munnani, RSS, BJP, VHP and other Hindu outfit cadre and functionaries took part in the procession.
K P Suresh Kumar, Hindu Munnani’s Tiruvallur east district president, was hacked to death by a gang of unidentified men in Chennai on Wednesday night.
On Thursday night, 15 TNSTC buses were damaged in separate incidents of stone pelting in the district. Sources said that six persons were arrested in connection with the incidents.