20 suffered minor injuries protesters pelt stones at buses


20 people, including travelers of a bus and two drivers were harmed when a crowd pelted stones at state transport buses after asserted rash driving to a fisherman’s death at Thangachimadam area late last night.

The two bus drivers are reported to be in a serious condition. The travelers suffered minor wounds, police said. They said the protesters additionally made a futile bid to set on fire another bus, leading to mild use of force by police staff, who hurried to the spot to disperse them.

11 people have been arrested regarding the violence and cases booked against 150 others, they said. Police said violence broke out after a fisherman returning home with his better half on a bike after attending a function, wasfatally knocked down by a government bus. His wife was seriously harmed.

As news about his death spread, individuals in the area surrounded the bus, blocked road traffic and pelted stones at the vehicle and two different buses, police said.

District Collector S Natarajan and Superintendent of Police Om Prakash Meena hurried to the spot and held talks with the agitators even as a few people tried to set a bus on fire, leading to police action.

The fisherman’s body was later sent to the Ramanathapuram government hospital facility for a post-mortem.

Armed police who have been posted in the area said that the situation was under control.