Protests and arrests marked the Babri Masjid demolition anniversary here on Friday.
As many as 40 people affiliated to the Indiya Towheed Jamaath were apprehended for attempting to block a train at the railway junction in protest against the delay in the reconstruction of a mosque in Ayodhya.
The members, who took out a procession in the morning from the Scott Road, were prevented by the police from entering the railway premises.
Demonstrations were held at three places, where the agitators urged the Supreme Court to deliver speedy justice in the case relating to the demolition of Babri Masjid.
Many supporters of the Manithaneya Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam, including women, wearing black badges, gathered on the Scott Road around 4 p.m. and shouted slogans against the Centre. Led by M. Sikandar, State secretary of the MMMK, they urged the Centre to initiate criminal proceedings against those responsible for the demolition of the mosque.
Another group owing allegiance to the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam staged a demonstration at Nelpettai amidst tight police security in the evening. However, no untoward incidents were reported.