Prohibitory orders till September 22
District Collector Shilpa Prabhakar Satish on Saturday night imposed prohibitory orders in Shencottai and the adjoining Tenkasi taluk under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code. The orders will be in force till September 22.
The orders were issued in a bid to ensure peace and law and order in the region after Vinayaka Chathurthi related violence on Thursday night and on Friday during the immersion of idols.
“Since a section of the people is being misguided by a small group with the objective of undermining public tranquillity, prohibitory orders have been clamped and it will be in force till 6 a.m. of September 22,” Ms. Shilpa said.
Even as normalcy was returning to Shencottai following painstaking efforts by the Collector and the police, a small group of people instigated by a religious group staged a dharna in front of the taluk office, demanding the unconditional and immediate release of the arrested youths.
Categorically rejecting the demand, revenue and police officials told the protesters that only miscreants, against whom clinching evidence had been gathered in the form of visuals and photographs, were arrested. However, the protesters continued their dharna even after 9 p.m.