Tension prevailed at Tirumuruganpoondi in nearby Tirupur district, where a statue of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was found vandalised in the early hours of today, drawing the ire of Congress workers.

Protesting the incident, about 60 Congress workers came out onto the streets and staged a demonstration, condemning it.

All of them were arrested, police said.

A letter purportedly written by a pro-Tamil outfit, was said to be recovered from the spot, which asked the UPA Government not to participate in the CHOGM scheduled in Sri Lanka later this month, sources said.