The Raj Bhavan Bhavan march taken out by the VSDP (Vaikunta Swami Dharma Pracharanasabha), in protest against the alleged portrayal of Nadar community in bad light in the Social Studies textbook for Class 1X brought out by the NCERT, turned violent on Thursday following which police and the VSDP members fought a pitched street battles in front of Raj Bhavan.
Four policemen and a couple of demonstrators were injured in the violence.
The trouble erupted after the march, which started from Museum, reached in front of Raj Bhavan. When the police blocked the agitators in front of Raj Bhavan, some of the demonstrators tried to forcibly remove the barricades set up by the police. When the police resisted this move, the demonstrators reportedly attacked the police personnel with flag sticks and stones. Police then resorted to lathicharge and burst several rounds of teargas shells to disperse the agitators.
Seven VSDP activists were also taken into police custody. Later, demanding the release of the arrested activists, VSDP leaders and activists took out a protest march to the Museum police station where the workers were detained.
Following talks between top city police officials and VSDP leaders, the arrested activists were later released on station bail.