Communal tension in Coimbatore, mobs on looting spree, petrol bombs hurled at shop
A major riot broke out in Coimbatore following the murder of a religious organisation's leader. The city was almost in flames as mobs went berserk after Sasikumar, media spokesperson for Hindu Munnani, was brutally murdered on Thursday.
Workers of the religious outfit hit the streets demanding the arrest of the culprits behind the murder.
Rioters have attacked places of worship as well as people of another community. Numerous stone-pelting incidents were recorded, one of which resulted in the injury to a police constable.
STORE RANSACKED, PETROL BOMBS HURLED
CCTV footage has gone viral showing rioters breaking and entering a mobile phone shop and ransacking it. Eyewitnesses claim these mobs were on a looting spree and were destroying property even as policemen stood as mute bystanders.
In another incident, petrol bombs were hurled at RSS activist Karthik's shop in the city on Sunday morning.
The alarmed people of the neighbourhood immediately put out the fire and prevented damage.
The police confiscated the CCTV footage from the shop's surveillance camera and have initiated an investigation.
POLICE INEFFECTIVE IN CONTAINING RIOT?
Vasantharajan, a BJP worker who owned a shop next to Karthik's shop said, "Some people came on a bike and threw petrol bombs at Karthik's shop around 3.45 AM. Luckily we prevented any damage. This looked totally pre-planned and the goons had the audacity to attack a shop so close to a police outpost. They should be immediately arrested. Lack of police's ability to take action against such thugs is only giving them more courage to indulge in such activities."
Following the riot, close to 270 people were arrested and an investigation has begun. Even with 1,500 policemen deployed to maintain law and order in the city, various political leaders have raised concerns over the failure of the police department in controlling the riot.