Perambalur police are looking for three other people.
Tension gripped Sirukudal village in Perambalur district on Friday after three underage children belonging to scheduled castes were forced to clean their excrement from an open field, allegedly by some caste Hindus. Three of the six defendants were arrested.
In the morning, five Dalit boys, between 13 and 15 years old, defecated in an open area, and some young Hindu caste used them as a playground. The land belongs to a nearby temple, police said.
The young man allegedly asked them to remove the excreta, handing them jute bags and a shovel.
When the news spread, a group of Dalits blocked the village road. Upon receiving information, a police team rushed to the scene.
The protesters continued their demonstration for more than half an hour, demanding strict measures against the accused. They withdrew the protest by ensuring that action would be taken.
Maruvathur Police registered a case under the Indian Penal Code and the Recognized Castes and Tribes Amendment (Atrocities Prevention) Act 2015 against the six defendants in a complaint from the mother of one of the children .
Subsequently, the police arrested R. Abinesh, 20, N. Silambarasan, 24, and S. Selvakumar, 23, and were on the lookout for the others. The youths were charged with riot, uttering obscene words in a public place, willfully causing harm and criminal intimidation. They were also accused of using obscene language against Dalit boys and calling them by their caste name. The case would be investigated by an officer with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police.
Perambalur Police Superintendent Nisha Parthiban said The Hindu at night, when the situation was under control and a police team had been deployed to Sirukudal.