Following rumors that the RSS was planning a black-flag protest ahead of DMK leader MK Stalin's visit to Tiruchengode on Tuesday, members of the DMK reportedly vandalized the RSS office in the temple town at Namakkal district in Tamil Nadu. A tailor shop was also vandalized. Following the attack, several members of RSS, BJP and VHP blocked the road and disrupted traffic, reports The Hindu.
Media reports state that over 100 cadre-members of the DMK entered the RSS office when a meeting was underway and vandalized the place. According to TH, two RSS cadre, one rig owner, a tailor and his helper were injured.
Stalin was reportedly in town for showing his support to Perumal Murugan over the Madhorubagan controversy.
Later, addressing the media, leaders of VHP said that though they had initially planned to show black flags to Mr. Stalin, based on the request of the police, they had dropped the plan. The incident took place around 7.30 pm when Mr. Stalin was on his way from Pallipalayam to Tiruchengode.
Tiruchengode has been the centre of several controversies in the recent past. With the attack on writer Perumal Murugan for his book, which many saw as an insult to a particular community, to the murder of Dalit youth Gokulraj and death of investigating officer DSP Vishnupriya, several controversial events have kept tensions simmering in the town.