2013 Marakkanam violence

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2013 Marakkanam violence was a violent clash between Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) cadres and Dalit villagers at Marakkanam in Viluppuram district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in which two people were killed.[1]


The incident took place on 25 April 2013, the day PMK and Vanniar sangam organised a youth festival in Mamallapuram near Chennai.[2] Police said PMK cadres, who were on their way to attend the youth conference at Mahaballipuram, stopped near a bus stop at a Dalit village near Marakanam and consumed alcohol. When a few villagers questioned them, the PMK men assaulted the villagers and fled the scene.[3]


PMK founder S Ramadoss and party president G K Mani were arrested on 30 April in Villupuram who want the probe in the incident.[4] This arrest spread the violence across the Tamil Nadu PMK cadres stoned the buses to protest against the arrest of their leaders.[5] In the districts of Thiruvannamalai, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Vellore and Kanchipuram, some 1,601 buses were not operated even during day time due to violence.[6] The violence took place till the release of S Ramadoss who was released on 11 May from Tiruchirapalli Central Prison.[7] Totally, 853 buses were damaged and 165 trees were cut down during violence.[6] The Government of Tamil Nadu threaten to ban PMK party over the violence.[8]

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  1. ^ "Two killed after violence in Marakkanam near Chennai". The Times of India. 2013-04-26. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  2. ^ Special Correspondent (2013-04-29). "CM holds PMK, Vanniyar Sangam responsible for Marakkanam riots". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  3. ^ TNN (2013-04-26). "Two killed after violence in Marakkanam near Chennai". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  4. ^ Special Correspondent (2013-04-30). "Ramadoss, Mani held for demonstration bid". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  5. ^ TNN (2013-05-03). "Violence continues in TN as PMK protests Ramadoss arrest". The Times of India. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  6. ^ a b "853 buses damaged, 165 trees cut down during PMK violence: Jayalalithaa". The Times of India. 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  7. ^ "PMK founder S Ramadoss released from prison, slams Jayalalithaa govt". Indian Express. 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  8. ^ "Jayalalithaa threatens to ban Ramadoss' PMK over Marakkanam violence". Indian Express. 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-06-03.