By Hasan Akram
S Hariram Prakash has been arrested for allegedly leaving raw meat outside two temples with an apparent intention to create communal tensions in the Coimbatore city of the southern state of Tamil Nadu. He is said to be a civil engineering graduate.
The meat was reportedly found in front of Venugopala Krishnaswamy temple and Sri Raghavendra temple on Sullivan Street in the city.
It is said that Hariram left a carry bag containing the meat in front of the Raghavendra temple around 10.30 am and left another in front of the main gate of the Krishnaswamy temple.
Police said they were not sure whether Hariram belongs to any fringe outfits.
Considering the gravity of the situation, police personnel were initially deployed in the area. Moreover, leaders of various Hindu outfits also reached the spot and demanded that the culprits be brought to book, police said.
In the past, several individuals have faced action for trying to disrupt communal harmony by leaving the meat outside places of worship. In 2017, two boys were arrested in Uttar Pradesh for beheading a cow just before the annual festival of Muharram and trying to blame it on Muslims. Similarly, in 2020, a man was arrested in Kerala for desecrating a Hindu temple in order to incite violence between Hindus and Muslims.