Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Friday night warned of stern action against those who aroused religious sentiments to disturb communal harmony in the state.
In a statement, he said following the attacks on some Churches in Karnataka and Orissa, stray incidents of stone pelting on churches were reported from a few places in Tamil Nadu. The government would not tolerate any attempts to disturb communal harmony in the state, he said.
Police would take stern action against those who indulged in such incidents, he said.
Tense situation prevailed at Dharmapuram near Erode as a statue of Jesus Christ kept in front of Gnanaprakasham church was found damaged on Friday, police said.
Following this police beefed up security at churches, mosques and temples in Erode district.
Some unidentified persons had pelted stones at Christian places of worship in Paramathi Vellore in Karur district and in other places last week.