Dindigul, Sep 4 (UNI) Three people, including a woman, were injured when police resorted to unprovoked lathicharge against a group of people during a Ganesh idol procession on Begumpuir main road causing a tense situation here this evening.
As part of the Ganesh Chathurthi festival, the residents of Kodaippaarapatti village organised a procession, which has been in practise for several decades.
It normally passes through Begumpur, a minority dominated hamlet. This year, the police denied permission for the procession to pass through Begumpur and warned action against the violators, after the minority community objected the procession to pass through their hamlet.
The organisers, however, decided to defy the police order. Hence, a strong contingent of about 1,000 policemen under the direct supervision of Additional Deputy Superintendent of Police (ADSP) Thirunavukkarasu was deployed on Begumpur main road to block the procession.
When the procession reached Begumpur main road, the police asked them to withdraw immediately. The processionists sat on the road and demanded the police to allow the procession, which resulted in an altercation between them.
Meanwhile, a section of people of the procession attempted to disperse, as the police were firm on their stand. An idol-mounted cart while being taken back accidentally hit a police barricade.
Following this, the ADSP ordered lathicharge on them. The police swung into action and resorted to battoncharge wounding three spectators. The people retaliated by pelting stones on the police.
On information, Dindigul Superintendent of Police Pari rushed to the spot and ordered the police to stop the lathicharge.
Later, the police dispersed the procession. The Vinayaka idol, which was scheduled for immersion tomorrow, was taken back to the Kodaippaarapatti village.
Police pickets were posted in that area to prevent further trouble. The situation is still tense, last reports said.
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