The Puducherry unit of CPM has welcomed chief minister V Narayanasamy's declaration that the government will hold back communal conflicts with an iron hand and book people inciting communal conflicts under the Goonda Act. Narayanasamy made the declaration while addressing reporters after a section of people ransacked a mosque and attacked the imam following a public meeting by Hindu Munnani near the bus stand here on Sunday.
In a statement, CPM Puducherry secretary R Rajangam appealed to all democratic forces to join hands to isolate BJP and Hindu Munnani for attempting to ruin people's unity and social harmony in the union territory to gain political mileage.
Rajangam lambasted the police department for granting permission to Hindu Munnani for holding a public meeting near a holy place with high population of the minority people. He sought the government to order a high-level inquiry into the incident. He recalled that the cadres of BJP and Hindu Munnani had recently ransacked the properties of a girls' school run by a Christian missionary on charges of changing the road's name. Tension prevailed on Sunday night when an unidentified person hurled a bottle at the speakers of a public meeting organised by Hindu Munnani. Three people sustained minor injuries when the bottle hit a tube light, which scattered into pieces.
Enraged over the incident, a section of people ransacked a nearby mosque and attacked the imam. The windowpanes of the holy place were damaged. Narayanasamy, who visited the holy place after participating in the Independence Day celebrations, told reporters that the Congress government would not tolerate violence against minorities. He revealed that the government had taken a decision not to grant permission to hold meetings near mosques and churches and assured that government would order a thorough inquiry into the violence.