THOOThUKUDI, Tamil Nadu: A shop owner in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, was assaulted by a group of four people on December 26 after questioning them about offensive banners they had put up near his shop. The banners reportedly contained derogatory remarks about Hindus and their customs.
The victim, 55-year-old Anbazhagan, runs a cattle feed shop opposite Thoothukudi APC college. According to reports, while he was working in his shop, a group of individuals put up two banners with inflammatory slogans written in Tamil. Alarmed by the content, Anbazhagan approached the group and requested that they remove the posters, arguing that while they have the right to express their views, it should not be at the cost of insulting others.
This request reportedly enraged the group, who launched a physical attack on Anbazhagan. In the scuffle, his earlobe was cut. Hearing his cries for help, locals intervened, prompting the assailants to flee the scene. Anbazhagan has since narrated the incident in a video that has gone viral on social media.
He has received medical treatment for his injuries and is currently recovering at home. This is not the first time such offensive banners have appeared in Thoothukudi. Earlier instances faced opposition from Hindu groups, with authorities subsequently removing the banners.
The incident has sparked concerns about the increasing presence of secessionist and anti-national elements in Tamil Nadu, allegedly operating with tacit approval from the state government. Critics allege that while authorities remain vigilant against criticism of the ruling party and religious minorities, they turn a blind eye to activities of such groups targeting specific communities.
The police are currently investigating the case and searching for the attackers. Officials have assured a thorough investigation and promised to bring the perpetrators to justice.