Dalits of Nadupatti colony have been facing atrocities committed by Vanniyars of Kariyampatti for some time. During October 2013, the Nadupatti colony Dalits left their houses and took shelter in a nearby hillock fearing attacks from Vanniyars following a temple festival dispute, where Dalit youth were attacked for wearing T-shirts with Ondiveeran's image (Ondiveeran: a Dalit folk warrior of Arunthathiyar caste).
The Hindu reports the Dalit exodus from the village in October as having been triggered by a series of incidents of harassment by Vanniyars which started in July 2013:
According to police sources, trouble began on July 16, during a temple festival celebrated by the Dalits. A group of Dalit youth wore T-shirts bearing the image of 'Ondi Veeran,' a Dalit icon.
Objecting to this, the Vanniyar youth picked up a quarrel with the Dalits and coerced them to remove the T-shirts.
A few days later, four Dalit youths were assaulted by a group of Vanniyars, for wearing the T-shirts. The same day, a case was registered and arrests were made on both sides.
The district administration should declare Kariyampatti village as 'atrocity prone zone' and arrest the accused under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, said Ms. Rajini, the advocate representing the Dalits.