DECEMBER 9, 2022
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Violence breaks out in Tamil Nadu over schoolgirl death

Violence breaks out in Tamil Nadu over schoolgirl death

Violence broke out on the premises of a private school in Kallakurichi district in north Tamil Nadu on Sunday morning, four days after the body of a Class XII girl was found in the hostel block on the campus. Protesters vandalized the institution and set ablaze over 15 vehicles and other properties.                     The police had to open fire in the air twice, and 70 persons were arrested in connection with the violence.  In the evening, Director General of Police C. Sylendra Babu ordered the transfer of the probe in the case to the  Crime Branch­Criminal Investigation  Department (CBCID).

He said school chair­ man Ravikumar, secretary Shanthi Ravikumar and the principal were arrested for failure to ensure adequate safety measures in the hostel.  Earlier, Chief Minister M.K. Stalin appealed for calm and said those responsible. for the girl’s death would be punished. Political party leaders, including  Leader of the Opposition  Edappadi K. Palaniswami, however, blamed the violence on intelligence failure and alleged that the government did not take appropriate action at the right time. 

While peaceful demonstrations  were held over the past four days to seek “justice”  for the deceased, on Sunday morning a large  number of youths, outsiders  and locals went on the rampage  at ECR International  School at Kaniyamoor near  Chinna Salem. The protesters rammed the stationary school buses with tractors belonging to the institution and set fire to at least 12 buses and three tractors, besides vandalizing the building and furniture. A police bus was also set ablaze and nine police vehicles, including a riot control vehicle,  were damaged. 

 According to Mr. Sylendra Babu, 54 police personnel,  including a DIG and an SP,  were injured in the violence. 

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