TIRUNELVELI: Even after the peace talks mediated by the district administration and the district police, another bomb blast rocked Idinthakarai on Thursday evening.
Sources said that the bomb exploded behind a house belonging to one Prabu. However, there was no loss of life or damage to the house.
“We are in the process of bringing peace in the area. Both groups also agreed to extend cooperation, but now this incident has happened. We will continue our investigation and punish whoever is responsible and broker peace between the groups,” said a senior police officer.
Earlier in the day, peace talks were held between two groups at Idinthakarai over the issue of hurling seven country bombs late on Wednesday evening and a settlement was reached.
Narendran Nair, Superintendent of Police, Tirunelveli, on Thursday said that on Wednesday, seven country bombs were hurled due to rivalry between two groups at Idinthakarai. In the incident, houses, cars, and boats were damaged. However, no loss of life or injuries were reported. This incident happened in the wake of a sub-contractor of KKNPP, Sahaya Kapoor, who is also resident of Idinthakarai, submitting petition to Collector M Karunakaran claiming that he and his family members were being threatened by the Idinthakarai Village Committee.
Commenting on the issue, Narendran said, “We organised peace talks with the people, after five people filed complaints in connection with the bomb explosion. The village committee agreed to allow Sahaya Kapoor to live in the village and Kapoor agreed not to get involved in any issues. As both groups expressed their interest to live together peacefully, the issue has been settled.”
Peace talks were arranged by the district administration as the explosion of country bombs on Wednesday night created panic among the people at Idinthakarai.
On Thursday, five persons — Jeromiya, Anandhi, Jenory, Antony Santiago and Sahaya Kapoor, had filed complaints at the Koodankulam police station. In their complaint, Anandhi and Jeromiya said that the explosion damaged their house and their car, whereas Jenory said her family boat was damaged and Antony Santiago added that his house was damaged. Sahaya Kapoor also filed a complaint that his house was damaged, police sources said. When asked about the case details, Koodankulam police remained tightlipped and did no reveal anything
Narendran, however, said that the police would conduct an inquiry and take action against the culprits.