According to the reports, several others including top police officers were injure in the violence that rocked the caste-sensitive region as protestors blocked roads, set fire to vehicles and hurled stones.
Problem began on Sunday when police arrested John Pandian, a Dalit leader, in a bid to prevent him from attending the birth anniversary of a late leader. Afterwards the arrest, a mob attacked the police at Paramakudi, injuring some policemen including a Deputy Commissioner of Police.
Among the injured, all from Paramakudi, one person had a bullet injury in the head and 5 others fragment injuries on the leg.
Chief Minister J Jayalalitha defended the firing saying “policemen were forced to open fire as the protestors attacked the police personnel on duty.”
She said that the violence emerged to have been “prompted” for political gains. She also announced a recompense of Rs 1 lakh to families of the men killed in the firing.