Chennai: Following revenge and beheading in south Tamil Nadu, Tirunelveli Superintendent of Police V. Manivannan has directed private buses not to play songs glorifying caste traditions. In South Tamil Nadu, caste-related violence and brutal killings continue unabated, especially in districts such as Tirunelveli, Theni, Dindigul and Madurai. Recently, four heads were beheaded in Tirunelveli and Dindigul districts to avenge the caste killings that took place a few years back.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin had declared that the state government would not be a mere spectator to such violence and that the police would take strong measures to stop it. Director General of Police Silendra Babu camped in Madurai and Tirunelveli and directed police personnel to conduct recce of shops and industries that manufacture and sell knives, axes and other such items. The police have directed shops and industries to sell these items only to domestic users and maintain a register on the customers and their telephone numbers.
Several raids were conducted, during which lethal weapons including firearms were confiscated and some arrests were made. It was rampant around the year 2005-2015 when caste-based killings were common in Tirunelveli and surrounding areas. According to sources the district police is planning to start several programs in the district which will cover all castes. There are also plans to organize programs in schools to eradicate the culture of caste based violence in the district.