Coimbatore on Friday literally became a battlefield with mobs going around the city destroying property after the murder of a Hindu Munnani leader. The city witnessed tense moment as police lathi charged crowds at various places.
Following the brutal attack on Hindu Munnani spokesperson C Sasikumar who died on Thursday night, Hindu Munnani functionaries protested in various places and also damaged vehicles, shops and establishments on Friday morning.
State president of the Hindu Munnani party Kadeswara C Subramaniam warned of “another Gujarat” if the attacks against functionaries of their party did not stop, reported TNIE.
He issued a statement in Tirupur listing three recent murders and attacks on Hindu Munnani functionaries.
Stating that he was disappointed with the intelligence apparatus in the state he said that if the intelligence had a whiff of the underlying tension and had arrested culprits promptly, such incidents would not have continued in the state. He also said that for the intelligence to be good, the government needs to be good. He asked the government to ensure that such incidents do not happen in the future.
He added, “Or else it will lead to a situation of Tamil Nadu becoming another Gujarat.”
Though local reports say that petrol bombs were hurled on two mosques in RS Puram and Shanmugam road, the City Police Commissioner denied it.
Coimbatore and many other parts in the western region witnessed a complete shutdown on Friday.
The police lathicharged protestors near the Vincent road in Coimbatore. The schools in the district were shut and private bus operators also stopped their service. However, the state buses are still running with police protection.