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Namakkal: Members of a minority community at Thuthikulam village near Senthamangalam who were staging a road roko on State Highway 95 on Tuesday evening offered prayers on the road. Members of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munetra Kazhagam (TMMK) and Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) alleged that few DMK cadre attacked the place of worship and threatened them not to worship.
Senthamangalam police filed a case under sections 147 (Unlawful assembly), 341 (Wrongful confinement) and 506 (1) Criminal Intimidation. Police said that the issue arose following a heated argument between MMK and TMMK cadres with DMK men earlier.
TMMK District Secretary A. Sultan Basha lodged a police complaint against five DMK men stating that they used abusive language before attacking the place of worship. At 5 p.m., they offered prayers on the road and lifted the road blockade only after the arrest of a DMK activist. The agitation paralysed traffic for more than an hour. President of the Namakkal District All Sunathwal Jamath Mosques Association A. Shafiullah said that offering prayers on the road was permitted in such compelling situations.
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