Tension prevailed on the arterial Anna Salai in the city on Monday, after the statue of Rationalist leader Periyar was desecrated by a miscreant on the occasion of his 140th birth anniversary, even as a similar incident took place in Tiruppur.
Tension prevailed on the spot, as leaders of various parties and their supporters, who had come to garland his statue, managed to nab the miscreant.
Reports received at the police headquarters here said, the statue of Periyar was also desecrated at Tiruppur, when a miscreant had placed a chappal on his statue.
However, police intervened in time and removed it.
A search was on to nab the culprit for offending the statue of the late leader.
In Chennai city, at the time of the incident, VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan had come to garland the statue located near Simpson junction on the Anna Salai, when the miscreant, who came in a two wheeler, hurled his chappal at the statue and shouted slogans.
VCK supporters immediately nabbed him and attacked the miscreant.
However, police interevened, arrested him and took him to a police station.
Tension prevailed in the area as Mr Thirumavalavan and his supporters staged a snap agitation condemning the incident.
However, they dispersed later after police assured them prompt action against the culprit.
Leaders of various political parties, including the ruling AIADMK and the Opposition DMK, condemned the incident and demanded stern action against the miscreant.
Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar condemned the incident and said such acts would not be tolerated.