A day after Congress cadre and Tamil groups clashed in the city, three busts of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi were found disfigured at various spots, leading to tension at various places in the city.
A petrol-bomb too was hurled on a Naam Tamilar party office at Porur by around Wednesday midnight. However, no damage was caused as the petrol bomb did not catch fire and the miscreants fled the spot on sensing police presence.
A Rajiv Gandhi bust installed on Vepery High Road and another two on Perambur Barrack Road were found disfigured on Thursday morning. As the news spread, Congress members took out marches in protest of the insult to the party’s erstwhile leader.
Around 60 Congress members were arrested in Vepery when they took out a rally towards the city police office. Another group of Congress party members were arrested at Porur when they took out a rally towards Naam Tamilar party leader Seeman’s house, claiming the party members are responsible for disfiguring Rajiv Gandhi’s busts.
A team of Congress party members submitted a petition in the State police headquarters office at Mylapore urging police to take action against the persons involved in Wednesday’s attack on Congress party’s office at Royapettah on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, on Thursday morning the police arrested seven persons belonging to Tamil Munnetra Padai in connection with the stone pelting incident at Royapettah on Wednesday.