Tension mounted at Kumaralingam on Monday night when the locals protested against the burial of the 21-year-old Dalit man who was hacked to death in Udumalpet on Sunday afternoon.
The police brought the deceased man, Sankar’s body to his native place Kumaralingam at 12:30 am avoiding Udumalaipettai and Pollachi to eliminate problems. But when the ambulance reached Kumaralingam, about 200 people surrounded the vehicle.
The villagers claimed that according to their tradition the body should be buried rather than being cremated. But the police refused to adhere to their requests.
The IG informed the villagers that four people had been arrested in the case but he denied to tell the names of the accused, according to The New Indian Express.
When the locals were not ready to listen to the cops, they carried out a lathi-charge injuring many villagers. After which, villagers also threw stones at the police.Only a few family members were allowed to enter the cemetery with the police.