Hours after two Molotov cocktails were hurled at the BJP headquarters and a wholesale textile shop in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, the police on Friday said that three suspects were being questioned. The incidents took place on the same day that several Popular Front of India (PFI) leaders were arrested across the country, including in Tamil Nadu.
Three people are in custody in connection with the wholesale cloth shop attack, according to police. “The shop was not a target; it was attacked randomly. We are investigating people in custody with CCTV footage and other evidence,” said a senior officer.
According to the CCTV visuals released by the police, a Molotov cocktail was hurled near the BJP office on V K K Menon Road around 8.37 pm. While the visuals show a bottle landing near the pavement, they do not show the person who hurled it.
Similarly, at Oppanakara Street, a surveillance camera shows a man receiving something from a person on a bike. He then hurls it at the textile shop.
The police said that five special teams have been formed to nab the accused and additional security has been provided at the BJP headquarters. Several police personnel were also deployed across the city to prevent any untoward incidents.
Meanwhile, two unidentified people threw stones at a Tamil Nadu transport corporation bus near Coimbatore, damaging the windshield.
Three separate cases have been registered in connection with these incidents against unidentified persons, a police officer said. “We have not found the accused behind the BJP office [attack]. We are investigating CCTV footage. Three in custody are being questioned from late last [Thursday] night,” said the officer.
While BJP cadres staged a dharna at Gandhipuram demanding that the police take action against the perpetrators, party state president K Annamalai took to Twitter and noted that these incidents will not deter their cadres and will only strengthen their resolve to fight against forces “inimical to the society and the country”.