Two people have been arrested in a series of anti-Indian protests that broke out in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu on Saturday, police said.
The two men are believed to be members of a Tamil Nadu Muslim community, said Joginder Singh, the police commissioner of the state capital, Chennai.
“The two were detained in the city of Chennai, where they are currently being questioned by police,” Singh said.
Tamil Nadu’s police chief said in a statement that the men were “part of a group of protesters” who tried to breach a government building in the state’s capital on Saturday evening.
The protest came a day after an anti-India rally in the southern city of Bangalore, where a man was shot dead.
The Tamil Nadu government has also imposed a state of emergency in the south, with the police asking residents to stay indoors as authorities investigate the incident.
Demonstrators have been using social media to voice their anger at the government’s handling of the protests.
In a video posted on Twitter, one protester said that the government had “destroyed the state” and “came out in full force to destroy the country”.
“What is happening in Tamil Nadu is a state-sponsored terrorism,” the protester said.
“They’re coming to tear down the government and take away the freedoms of Tamil Muslims.”
In response to the protests, a Tamil government official said: “Tamil Muslim people should not have been targeted and their right to freedom of speech and assembly has been violated.
We are taking swift and firm action against anyone who violates this law.”
Tamil police said two people were detained, including the man who was shot, after police received reports of a confrontation between the two men at the Ramachandra Hospital in Chennai.
“The man was taken to the hospital after the clash and is undergoing medical treatment,” police said in the statement.
The clashes came amid a series in India of violent protests that have been linked to a rising intolerance in some parts of the Muslim-majority country.
The violence has spread to the United States and Canada.