One day after violence broke out at Kaniyamoor in Kallakurichi following the murder of a Class VIII girl, 128 people were arrested by the police and booked under sections of rioting and the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss Act).
All the accused were residents of Kallakurichi and brought before a local court.
The body of the inmate, a girl who was a hostel worker, was found on the ground floor by a staff member on July 13. Police said that a suicide note in which the girl accused her teachers of humiliating and depressing her was found.
In connection to the incident, the police have already taken into custody the principal, secretary, chairman and two teachers of the school.
According to a police official, a Chinnasalem case was opened against the accused for violence at school. The charges were listed under several IPC sections: 147 (punishment of rioting),148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 294 (uttering obscenities), 323(punishment if voluntarily causing harm), 324 (voluntarily hurting by dangerous weapons or methods), 332 (voluntarily hurting to deter a public servant from his duties), and 506 II CB-CID has taken over the case.
Violence broke out in the area on Sunday after both locals and visitors broke through the barricades near the private school, and stormed into its premises. At least 12 buses and three tractor were set on fire by the agitators who ransacked and occupied the school. The agitators also set fire to a police bus and damaged nine other police vehicles, including one riot control vehicle.
A number of private schools in Kallakurichi were closed Monday. Sources claim that the school management informed parents on Sunday night about the decision.