Chennai: Announcing the setting up of an inquiry commission to probe Paramakudi police firing, in which seven people died, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today indicated that the incident could have been due to communal tensions.
She also underlined her government's resolve to prevent communal violence in the state.
In the Assembly, Jayalalithaa conceded to the demand by Opposition parties for a probe by a retired High Court judge.
Replying to a special call attention motion moved by the Opposition, she said: "Some of you (opposition members) who spoke here said it was not communal violence. If it be so, we are also happy. But the fact is that derogatory remarks were written on a wall in Mandalamanickam Pacheri village (Ramanathapuram district) against Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar (a highly respected nationalist leader).
"Following this, a Class XI student from the village was killed on September nine. Then (Dalit leader) John Pandian leaves (to pay homage on the death anniversary of Dalit leader Imanuel Sekaran) and violence breaks out. Therefore, all these incidents have happened in an inter-connected chain-like fashion," she said.
In the wake of the killing of the boy, Ramanathapuram Collector had banned entry of Pandian into the district due to the tense situation, she said.