a dawn-to dusk bandh on Saturday to condemn the recent attack
on a functionary of a saffron oufit and two mosques here.
Almost all shops in the city downed shutters in response
to the bandh call given by Hindu Munnani and Federation of
The Hindu Munnani had on Thursday given the shutdown call
to protest the attack on its district secretary Madukkarai
Anand by unidentified men on Wednesday night, while the Muslim
outfits demanded that those involved in the attack on two
places of worship here be arrested.
Majority of private buses, autorickshaws and taxis stayed
off roads, while government buses plied as usual with fewer
passengers, police said.
Commercial establishments in Mettupalayam, Karamadai and
Pollachi were also shut.
Over 2,500 police personnel and armed para military
forces were deployed in and around the city, particularly
communally sensitive areas.
No untoward incidents were reported so far, they said.
Meanwhile, the police took out a march through the main
streets of Gandhipuram to instill confidence among the public.
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-CAA
''dharna'' in the city on Wednesday.
In suspected retaliation to the attack, a petrol bomb was
hurled at a mosque in Ganapathi locality, while there were
reports of stones thrown at another place of worship in
Kovaipudur. PTI NVM