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Jayalalitha orders judicial probe into firing on Dalits

Chennai, Mon, 12 Sep 2011 ANI

Chennai, Sep 12 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha on Monday ordered a judicial probe into the killing of six locals during police firing in Ramanathapuram district.


Condemning the incident, Jayalalithaa said: "A tragic incident indeed, to ascertain the truth, a judicial commission has been ordered. A sitting judge would preside over the commission."


Meanwhile, the legislators welcomed Jayalalitha's move and urged the state government to take appropriate measures and provide adequate compensation to victims' kin.


"The police firing that had taken place in Ramanathapuram. Of course, it has created a big sensitivity throughout Tamil Nadu; the honourable chief minister has ordered a judicial enquiry into the process. We definitely welcome this move and more so for the families, who are affected, have to be provided proper relief," said Congress MLA Vijayadharani.


"Both the state and central governments, I hope they will involve themselves in finding a solution to all these aspects," he added.


Police and administrative authorities took control of Paramakudi after it blazed due to the aggressive mob violence throughout the day on Sunday.


State police has cordoned off the entire district of Ramanathapuram, following violent clashes between supporters of local Dalit (lower caste) leader John Pandian and security personnel, after the mob started pelting stones and setting fire to many police vehicles.


The police open fired in order to force dispersal of the mob and the last reports have confirmed that at least three protestors got hit by bullets and succumbed to injuries.


Irate mob also burnt and damaged local and administrative property during which several officials and locals sustained injuries and are being treated at nearby hospitals.


Tuticorin police have detained Pandian, also the founder of Tamizhaga Makkal Munnetra Kazhgam, while he was on his way to attend another Dalit leader, Emmanuel Sekaran's memorial service.


Meanwhile, several cities and towns of the district wore a deserted look after police personnel were deployed to curb violence.


According to media reports, many police officials and protestors have been injured in the incident and have been admitted to government hospitals in Madurai.


Police personnel in large numbers have been deployed in the district to further control incidents of violence. (ANI)


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