As tension increases between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery issue, taunts and jibes have started piling up on social media with people of the two states indulging in mud-slinging.
Following this, the New Indian Express has reported that the New Woodlands Hotel in Mylapore, Chennai, was attacked in the wee hours of Monday by a pro-Tamil group. The group has left behind a note claiming that this was in retaliation for the violence that Tamils face in Karnataka.
Police officers confirmed to The News Minute that the attack had indeed happened and that they were zeroing in on the attackers. "The attack happened between 3 to 3.15 am. Around 7 to 8 people carried out the attack. Glass panes shattered due to the stones thrown at them," an officer said.
By 1pm, Chennai police had reportedly detained four persons in connection with the attack.
The attackers threw stones at the hotel
TNIE reported that hotel employees have told the police that six petrol bombs were hurled at the premises. Police however denied this and said stones were hurled at the hotel and that 'something' was burnt.
Picture from hotel of remnants of what look like petrol bombs
The attackers left behind a note that said:
'If Tamils continue to be assaulted in Karnataka, Kannadiga work places here (in Tamil Nadu) will be attacked. Kannadigas live here too. Beware.'
The Woodlands hotel chain which is reputed all over the world was founded about 70 years back by Krishna Rao
A video of a student being thrashed for writing a Facebook post against Kannadiga actors had gone viral on social media, inciting anger among the Tamil people. There have been no other such instances.