The Coimbatore City Police on Saturday arrested 108 people who were part of a massive protest on Friday following the murder of Hindu Munnani leader Sasikumar, reported PTI. All of them have been booked on charges of rioting and damaging public property. Six special police teams have been formed to arrest the culprits. More people are likely to be arrested soon, according to The Hindu.
The city came to a standstill on Friday after the Hindu Munnani called for a statewide bandh to mark the murder of its spokesperson. But, Coimbatore crawled back to normalcy on Saturday with most shops opening their shutters and public transport back on road, reported PTI. However, there were a few sporadic incidents of violence. A bus driver sustained injuries after some protestors pelted stones at the vehicle while another group reportedly committed arson in a minority dominant area in Ukkadam.
Officials had deployed more than 500 security personnel across Coimbatore to maintain law and order. Security was also increased outside the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, where Sasikumar's body had been kept. Sasikumar was hacked to death by unidentified assailants on September 22 while he was on his way home in Subramaniampalayam.
The group is a religious organisation based in Tamil Nadu that was set up in 1980.