THOOTHUKUDI/THANJAVUR: A Facebook post by a Standard IX youth led to a clash between two communities at Tiruchendur on Sunday.
Late on Saturday, Saravanan posted a derogatory post on the social media about the women belonging to another community. As many as 29 people commented on the post, while five others shared it.
When the elders of the other community came to know about it, community head Velayudham lodged a complaint with Tiruchendur Temple Police. A case was registered under Sec 67 (A) of Information Technology Act. Based on the complaint, police warned Saravanan.
Meanwhile, over 10 youth from the other community, who were irked by the post, assembled in front of Saravanan’s house and started verbally abusing him. They also pelted stones at his house.
Following this, Saravanan’s mother Valli lodged a complaint. A case was registered against 10 people and one Raja (23) from Tiruchendur, the leader of the gang, was arrested.
As news about the stone pelting reached the members of Saravanan’s communit, some youth went to the area dominated by the other community and pelted stones. In the melee, a vehicle belonging to Veera Manthirakumar was damaged.
Based on the complaint from Manthirakumar, the Tiruchendur Temple Police registered a case against five persons. Of them, Anand, Chithiraivel and Manikandan were arrested.
In another incident in Thanjavur, the Tiruneelakkudi Police arrested two caste Hindus for waylaying and attacking a Dalit travelling by car. S Srinivasan (47), a native of Vaigal and working at Chennai, had come to his hometown for Pongal. He was returning to Chennai by car, when a group of caste Hindus waylaid the vehicle at Paliyanchianallur. As soon as Srinivasan got down from the car, the gang attacked him with a wooden log and verbally abused him.