Coimbatore: About 70 activists of political parties and outfits were arrested when they tried to stage a demonstration, demanding the arrest of those involved in the 16 March murder of an atheist and a Dravida Viduthalai Kazhakam (DVK) worker in the city.
Activists of DVK, Left Parties, Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhakam (TPDK) and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal and five other outfits raised slogans against the murder and demanded that the gang involved in the crime be arrested, the police said.
TPDK general secretary K Ramakrishnan demanded that the government provide a job to the wife of the deceased or a family member. All the activists were released later, the police said.
Farooq was done to death reportedly by a four-member gang on the night of 16 March, in protest against his repeated posts in the social media against God and religion. Ansrath had surrendered before a judicial magistrate the next day, confessing to the murder.
The police have formed four teams to nab the others involved in the murder.