Worry mounts in Coimbatore after 2 mosques come under attack

The incidents came as retaliation to an alleged attack on a Hindu Munnani worker

While a bottle filled with petrol was hurled at a mosque in Ganapathy locality, stones were thrown at another mosque in Kovaipudur. Representational image: iStock

Tension prevailed in parts of Coimbatore early on Thursday (March 5) after two mosques were attacked here, following which security has been beefed up, police said.

While a bottle filled with petrol was hurled at a mosque in Ganapathy locality, there were reports of stones being thrown at another place of worship in Kovaipudur.

The incidents came as retaliation to an alleged attack on a Hindu Munnani worker late on Wednesday night, they said. Madukkarai Anand, District Secretary of Hindu Munnani, was attacked by some unidentified people who came on bikes, while he was returning home after participating in a pro-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) dharna in the city around 10 pm on Wednesday (March 4).

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A large posse of police was deployed in sensitive areas to prevent any untoward incidents, even as Anand was undergoing treatment at the Government Hospital.

An investigation is underway in connection with both the incidents, police said.

Meanwhile, Hindu Munnani called for a one-day bandh on Friday (March 6) in the district to protest against the attack on its functionary and police inaction to nab the culprits.

Talking to reporters here, Hindu Munnani functionary Kadeswara Subramanian described it as an “organised” attack to incite violence. He accused the DMK, Congress, and Left parties of instigating members of the Muslim community to “take political advantage” and “indulge” in violence.

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The Social Democratic Party of India petitioned the Police Commissioner, seeking to bring to book those involved in the attack on the mosques. It also sought protection to all mosques in the district.

Tamil Nadu Towheed Jamaat in a release said some people who did not believe in peace had hurled the petrol bomb on the mosque. The outfit urged the state government to take steps to prevent such attacks on Muslims and their property.

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