Tension prevailed in Palayamkottai for a while on Saturday as the portraits of Ambedkar and Emmanuel Sekaran in a public place were found damaged.

Police said the portraits of Ambedkar and Emmanuel Sekaran, kept in a public place at Kottur in Palayamkottai were found damaged on Saturday morning.

As tension prevailed, police rushed to the spot and started their investigation.

The police found that a minor altercation broke out recently between the youths of two communities during a temple festival and the problem was sorted out immediately.

Police suspect that the unidentified miscreants could have orchestrated the vandalizing of the portraits to trigger another round of animosity between the communities.