A group of unidentified goons pelted stones at the house of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Scheduled Caste Wing President Tada Periyasamy and damaged his car that was parked outside.
Periyasamy hails from Tirumanturai village in Perambalur district.
After getting news of the attack, local BJP workers reached the spot. The police have started an investigation.
It is alleged that the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) of Thol Thirumavalavan was behind the attack. Periyasamy was earlier with the VCK and switched to the BJP a few years back.
He had started a movement in 2011 to retrieve 'Panchami' lands, i.e., lands granted to the Scheduled Castes during British rule for their livelihood.
The Panchami lands were not supposed to be transferred to people of other castes.
An RTI query by him had revealed that about one-third of the Panchami lands in Perambalur district were under illegal occupation.
BJP state president K Annamalai said that the attack was because people who did not work for real social justice were feeling threatened by Periyasamy's work.
Recently, Periyasamy was part of one of the teams sent by the BJP to Vengaivayal village where human faeces were found mixed in a water tank used by the Scheduled Caste community.
According to political commentators, the attack is similar to the one at BJP state vice president Sasikala Pushpa's house in Tuticorin that was allegedly done by members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in December 2022.
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