Defending the police firing at Paramakudi in Ramanthapuram district in which three persons were killed on Sunday, chief minister Jayalalithaa blamed some people for disrupting law and order "for their own political gains."
"The protesters indulged in large-scale violence and torched police vehicles. Police opened fire in self defense and to protect public property as they threw petrol bombs," she said in a statement here.
Jayalalithaa said it was highly condemnable for such an incident to have taken place, "disrupting law and order for the political gains of some persons" and appealed that none should indulge in violence.
She also announced Rs one lakh compensation from the chief minister's Relief Fund to the next of kin of those killed.
Three protesters were killed today after police fired at stone-pelting Dalit agitators following reports that their leader John Pandian had been detained.
Jayalalithaa said Pandian was not permitted to enter Ramanthapuram district to maintain law and order. When he defied the police order and tried to enter Paramakudi, he was arrested, she said.