Nine persons who had allegedly tried to "disrupt" the ongoing World classical Tamil conference have been arrested from different parts of the state, police said here Friday.
Addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the conference, DGP Letika Saran said the arrested were not Naxals, but from groups who had tried to disrupt the conference by distributing pamphlets to oppose the conference. Four persons were arrested from Coimbatore and the rest from across Tamil Nadu Thursday night.
"They tried to distribute pamphlets with contents that could hurt sentiments, leading to inciting of violence," she said without divulging the nature of its contents. She said two lakh visitors had come to Coimbatore besides four to six lakh in the city and its nearby areas.
ADGP (Law and order) K Radhakrishnan said police had the duty to "protect" the arrested too as "they could have been lynched by an angry crowd." Saran denied any 'breach' of security during the June 23 inauguration by President Pratibha Patil, with people trying to move towards the dais and said adequate security was deployed near the stage and sterile areas.
The senior police officials said they had placed "almost a policeman to every other civilian to prevent any untoward incident." To a query on the June 12 railway track blast case near Villupuram, Saran denied reports that investigators were clueless and said they had to confirm information on accused before securing them.