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There is a famous verse - “Annadhanam is best dhanam.” On 3.3.2007, an Annadhanam event occurred in Karamadai Srirenganathar Temple at Mettupalayam. Around 8.30pm, 6 dalit boys including Thandapani, Perumal, Siva, and Gowtham went to the temple to participate in the Annadhanam event. Noticing their presence, some caste Hindus abused them, saying “how could low caste dalit dogs sit equally and have food with us?” and brutally assaulted them. Thandapani passed away on 4.3.2007 due to severe injuries sustained from this assault. In response to Thandapani’s death, Singanallur police filed FIR in Cr.No. 261/2007 under IPC section 147,148,302, and police arrested the accused. In April 2008, Kovai sitting bench court gave the judgment of life imprisonment for only two of the accused.