The two bus drivers are reported to be in a serious condition. The passengers suffered minor injuries, police said. They said the protesters also made a futile bid to set ablaze another bus, leading to mild use of force by police personnel, who rushed to the spot to disperse them.
11 persons have been arrested in connection with the violence and cases booked against 150 others, they said. Police said violence broke out after a fisherman returning home with his wife on a bike after attending a function, was fatally knocked down by a government bus. His wife was seriously injured.
As news about his death spread, people in the area surrounded the bus, blocked road traffic and pelted stones at the vehicle and two other buses, police said.
The fisherman's body was later sent to the Ramanathapuram government hospital for a post-mortem.
Armed police who have been posted in the area said that the situation was under control.
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