Tension prevailed in the city following alleged desecration of a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by unidentified persons today, police said here.
Police said that an effigy of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa tied with a garland made of footwear was found hanging around the hand of the statue at the Tahattavam junction here.
On hearing about the incident, Welfare Minister M Kandasamy, Health Minister A Namassivayam and various Congress leaders reached the spot. They sought immediate arrest of the culprits.
Congress workers held demonstrations protesting the incident.
At Orleanpet area, a clash broke out between workers of Congress and Vidhuthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi when some of the Congress workers, who suspected the hand of VCK in the incident, raised slogans against
that party during a demonstration.
Police rushed to the spot and dispersed the clashing groups. Ten activists of VCK were arrested in connection with the clash, police said.
Six Congressmen, including Municipal Councillor D Rajan, sustained injuries in the clash, police said.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs V Narayanasamay told PTI from Delhi, "Desecration of the statue was highly objectionable and obnoxious. Police should act immediately and bring the culprits to book."
Narayanasamy said he had spoken to the Union Territory DGP and asked him to ensure that there was no disturbance in the law and order in Puducherry following the incident.
A large number of police personnel have been deployed at vulnerable points here in the wake of the incident.