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Hindu, Muslim Outfits Observe Bandh in Coimbatore Over Separate Attacks; Shops Closed, Taxis Off the Roads

Photo for representation.

Photo for representation.

While the Hindu Munnani called for a bandh to protest against an attack on its functionary, the Federation of Islamic Organisations observed the shutdown over an attack on two mosques.

Coimbatore: Hindu and Muslim outfits observed a dawn-to-dusk bandh on Saturday to condemn the recent attack on a functionary of a saffron outfit 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 Islamic Organisations.

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.

The 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.

Around 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, the police further 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.