Police arrested a man on Monday night on charges of hurling petrol bomb at an all party public meeting here.
According to police, a DMK sponsored all-party public meeting was organized, to condemn the amendment in the SC/ST prevention of atrocities Act and demanding its inclusion in the 9th schedule of the Constitution, was in progress near the new bus stand last night.
Suddenly, a petrol bomb fell behind the stage and fire started. Leaders on the stage and the public who were there to hear the leaders ran for safety. In the meanwhile, a section of the public caught hold of a man who was trying to escape from the spot.
He was severely manhandled by the public and handed over him to the police.
Orleanpet police arrested the man and on interrogation, it came to know that he is one Velmurugan (34) from Kadayanallur in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. Since the last few days Velmurugan was working in a hotel here and staying in it. He committed the crime in an inebriated condition.
After a short span of time, the public meeting continued.