Agitated over being denied the use of a hand pump located inside a temple, a section of residents in Birudur village blocked traffic plying on the Vandavasi- Melmaruvathur Road for more than an hour, in Tiruvannamalai district on Tuesday.
Paying heed to her claims, temple priest Karuna reportedly told members of that community that they could draw water only after special poojas were conducted. Agitated over this, they staged a road blockade on Tuesday. On receiving information about the same, police and revenue officials rushed to the spot. They assured that there was no bar on any community taking water from the hand pump, adding that severe action would be taken against those responsible if such a restriction was imposed.