Muslim organisations staged demonstrations in the city on Tuesday, the anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Members of Manitha Neya Makkal Katchi, Towheeth Jamaath and Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam raised slogans against the demolition. “In a country such as India, if the essence of secularism had to be restored, the rulers should understand the sentiments of Muslims and order construction of the Masjid on the same site. This alone would remove the scar and also instil confidence in the minds of minority segments of the population,” they said. They raised objection to justification of the demolition by some political parties. Police said that a large number of people, including women and old people, participated in the demonstrations which were staged on Scott Road and South Gate among other places.

A large posse of police was deployed and there were no untoward incidents. Security was intensified at places of worship, railway station and bus stands. The police in rural areas were also engaged in bandobust duty. Surveillance was kept on railway tracks and at the airport.