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 Prohibitory orders were imposed in Shencottai and Tenkasi taluks in Tirunelveli district on Friday after a communal clash marred a Vinayaka Chathurthi procession on Thursday.

A clash broke out between a section of Hindus and Muslims in Shencottai, situated about 65 km west of Tirunelveli, when a Vinayaka idol was taken through a street where a large number of Muslims live.

Tirunelveli Collector Shilpa Prabhakar Satish issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in Shencottai and adjoining Tenkasi taluks until Saturday 6 a.m. She also ordered the closure of eight liquor shops in these two taluks and three more in nearby Kadayanallur taluk to restore order.

Collector Shilpa, who arrived at Shencottai in the early hours, held talks with the Muslims while Mr. Arunshakthikumar pacified the Hindus. The latter subsequently held a meeting in a marriage hall and informed the Collector that the procession should be allowed via the traditional route with police protection. In turn, the police asked the processionists not to raise “objectionable slogans” during the rally and not allow those in an inebriated state to take part.

When the rally was taken out on Friday afternoon via Periyasamy Street and Pump House Road, stone pelting near Slum Clearance Board Colony and a mosque gave rise to some anxious moments. Three persons including Senthilkumar, a reporter with a satellite television channel, sustained injuries. The police then chased away the miscreants and the procession resumed.

Police said immersion of 36 Vinayaka idols in the Gundar river was completed on Friday evening in the presence of over 600 policemen led by Inspector General of Police (South Zone) K.P. Shanmugarajeshwaran.

In view of the tense situation, the quarterly examinations scheduled for Friday were completed in the morning and all schools in Shencottai were closed after 2 p.m

English Summary

Communal clashes in Shencottai over Vinayaka Chathurthi procession

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