Communal tension came to the fore again after a Vinayaka idol, being transported on Sunday night from Tirupur to be installed in the city for Vinayaka Chathurthi was attacked by four miscreants. The trunk of the Ganesha idol and its pedestal were damaged.
Hindu outfits were bringing the Vinayaka idol for installation at a temple in Edayar Street junction. After the attack, hundreds of activists belonging to various Hindu outfits resorted to a road roko.
They withdrew the protest after police held talks and promised to step up security and initiate action against the offenders.
On Monday morning, Variety Hall Road police arrested four persons: M. Salman, 22, from Oppanakkara Street, Abbas alias Kattuvasi Abbas, 32, Jafar, 25, and Ismail, 25, all from N.H. Road, for the stone-pelting incident.
“We have booked the culprits under various sections, for unlawful assembly, assault, damaging public property and creating communal tension,” said Variety Hall inspector T.H. Ganesan.