Chennai, Sept 12: The Cauvery protests took a dangerous turn on Monday with miscreants hurling six petrol bombs at a hotel in Chennai.
Miscreants entered the New Woodlands hotel in Chennai and hurled petrol bombs. They said that this was in retaliation to the beating up of a Tamil Nadu youth in Bengaluru.
A youth from Tamil Nadu was beaten up in Bengaluru after he had allegedly made some remarks against Kannada actors. In retaliation to this incident, several people entered the New Woodlands hotel and hurled petrol bombs.
While vandalising the property of the hotel, pamphlets warning of more attacks were also thrown around. "There will be more attacks if Tamils are targeted in Karnataka," the pamphlets read.
The hotel staff told the police that some people entered the hotel premises, vandalised property and hurled six petrol bombs.
The New Woodlands Hotel is an Udupi-style vegetarian restaurant in Chennai, established in 1938 by Kadandale Krishna Rao.
The police in Chennai have increased security around the hotel premises. Security would also be increased around other establishments run by Kannadigas.
In another incident, a bus driver was beaten up at Rameshwaram. The bus driver was asked if he was ferrying any Kannadigas. The bus from Karnataka was also vandalised by workers of the Naam Tamilar Katchi party.
Here are some people who reacted to the incident:
Whaaaaat?!?!?!??? New Woodlands Hotel in Chennai attacked??? One of my favourite South Indian restaurants. 😢😢
Whaaaaat?!?!?!??? New Woodlands Hotel in Chennai attacked??? One of my favourite South Indian restaurants. 😢😢— Simply Smriti (@Mithukb) September 12, 2016