Following the murder of a Hindu Munnani spokesperson on Thursday night, tension prevailed in Coimbatore as functionaries began protesting in the city on Friday morning. Several buses and mosques were reportedly targeted. Schools and other educational institutions have been shut in most parts of the city.
In about six places, there have been attacks on various establishments, including two mosques in Kempatty colony and Shanmugam Road in Coimbatore. Coimbatore city commissioner A. Amalraj told The New Minute that reports of petrol bomb attacks are false and they are ensuring security.
Most shops through the districts remain shut.
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Hindu Munnani spokesperson C Sasikumar, (36), was hacked to death on Wednesday night by a gang of four people. He died on Thursday night in Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).
According to the police, he was returning home on a two-wheeler when the gang chased him on motorcycles and attacked him with sickles. He suffered about 11 cut injuries and was rushed to the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital.
Sporadic violence broke outin many parts of Coimbatore as groups of people attacked vehicles, establishments and certain areas.
Hindu Munnani state president had reportedly said that his party leaders were being attacked since Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations and that it was a failure on the part of the police. He also added that the party will be holding a state-wide bandh protesting against attacks on party functionaries.
Speaking to The News Minute, BJP national secretary H Raja said, “Continuously Hindu organization leaders are being killed. From BJPs state general secretary Ramesh to Aravind Reddy, the state has not taken any actions against the culprits which has emboldened them. In the past four days, this is the third attack on a BJP leader. Tamil Nadu law and order is in a pathetic condition,” he said.