Normality returned to Mettupalayam on Thursday after two days of unrest over the assault of a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist on Tuesday.

However, in the Nilgiris, a bandh called by Hindu outfits in Kotagiri affected normal life. In Mettuppalayam, a majority of the shops remained open.

Though there was no hindrance to vehicular traffic, some private bus operators preferred to keep off the road as a matter of precaution.

“Strong arm of law”

The Hindu outfits staged a demonstration seeking protection for Hindus and urged the “strong arm of law” to firmly deal with communal outfits indulging in activities causing unrest.

A host of functionaries of the Bharatiya Janata Party, including former Coimbatore MP C. P. Radhakrishnan, courted arrest. They were later released.

The demonstrators demanded immediate arrest of those involved in the attack of RSS Tirupur district secretary Anandakumar, brother of Mettuppalayam municipal chairman Sathish Kumar of BJP.