Tension prevailed at Narikudi in Virudhunagar district on Saturday after cadres of AIADMK and its archrival DMK got into a tussle while election to the post of chairman for Narikudi Panchayat Union was underway. After news broke that candidates from both parties have won an equal share, chaos erupted over the crucial elections to the chairman post, sources said.
Block Development Officer M Subramanian said seven candidates each emerged victorious from both the sides. Subramanian, who lodged a complaint with Narikudi police, said though the election commenced at 11 a.m. with adequate security, a gang of over ten, carrying weapons, broke into the East gate of the office and hurled stones at the union office before attacking the DSP. The crowd subsequently entered the common service centre on the office premises and damaged two computers and a printer. While holding talks with victorious candidates from both sides to bring about an amicable solution, Ravichandran, the member of 14th ward tore up the vote sheet, leading to the melee.
Virudhunagar Collector and District Election Officer R Kannan said the election for the post of Narikudi panchayat union got postponed owing to the violent incidents. Narikudi Inspector Jesu said a case has been filed against Ravichandran and more than ten unidentified persons under Sections 147, 148, 427, 448, 324 and 353 of IPC read with 3(i) of TNPPDL Act.