Slipper hurled at TN Minister; Mullaperiyar row turns ugly

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Mullaperiyar dam protest
Theni, Dec 12: With the Mullaperiyar row heating up, the incidents of violence in the border towns on both sides of Kerala and Tamil Nadu are seeing an increase. The town of Theni in Tamil Nadu was abuzz when a march carried out by anti-dam protestors turned violent that led to slipper hurling at TN Finance Minister O Panneerselvam. Things turned ugly with police resorting to lathi charge to disperse the mob.

The minister was unhurt but more than 50 protestors were injured in the melee. There are rumours that violent acts were being carried out by Tamilians towards Keralites and vice versa. The violence on Sunday sparked when a man told the 10,000 strong crowd gathered that he was attacked while walking down a road in Kumili which is on the Kerala side.

Paneerselvam had arrived at the protest site to pacify the agitating crowd. The mob on the other hand gheraoed the minister and threw slippers at him. The police revealed that more than 10 people were arrested for indulging in violence.

Meanwhile, there are unconfirmed reports that factories owned by Keralites in Tamil Nadu were attacked and property destroyed. The police are trying hard to restore law and order in both sides especially in the border towns

Political parties in Tamil Nadu are carrying out protests and marches to highlight that the dam was safe and there was no danger to people in Kerala. The MDMK and DMK are saying in strong words that Kerala should abide by the Supreme Court order in 2006.

On the other hand, gossip mongers are spreading false news to spark hatred among residents in both states.

TN Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has appealed for calm and has requested the people of both states to refrain from violence. She has called for a special session of the assembly on Dec 15th to pass a resolution on the issue.

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