Dam fight: Keralites owned shops attacked in Tamil Nadu

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Chennai, Dec 8: The battle for Mullaperiyar dam between Tamil Nadu and Kerala has hit a new high when few Tamil violent groups attacked shops owned by Keralites and forced to pull down the shutter on Wednesday.

This was touted as a revenge to the attack on Tamilians in Kerala. Taking cue from the Keralites, fringe groups of Tamil Nadu took to the streets attacking a sweet shop owned by a Keralite in Chennai's Saidapet area.

A jewellery shop in T.Nagar area was attacked and forcefully made to down stutter as mob staged protest outside the store. Similarly, shops owned by Keralites in Coimbatore and Thanjavur were also targeted by protesting mob to condemn the attack against Tamils in Kerala.

Following the untoward incidents, TN police forces were deployed outside the shops owned by Keralites for security.

Meanwhile, A Vijayakant, Leader of the Opposition in Assembly condemned the attack on Ayyappa devotees and bus passengers from Tamil Nadu by anti-social elements in Kerala.

In a statement on Wednesday, he said, "The central and the Kerala governments are watching the attacks on innocent Tamils in Kerala. Both the governments have to take strong action against the anti-social elements."

".... the weakness is in the Kerala politicians and not in the Mullaperiyar Dam," he said.

On the other hand, PMK founder-leader S Ramadoss in a statement here demanded economic blockade of Kerala by closing the routes to that state for a week and imposing a ban on Keralites buying properties in Tamil Nadu.

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