In city, around 2,300 protestors removed from Red Cross Junction

Responding to the call given by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam leader M. Karunanidhi, hundreds of cadres staged protests across the district condemning the AIADMK government for foisting cases against DMK members.

The Coimbatore City police and the Coimbatore Rural police later released them in the evening.

The city police said that they had removed around 2,300 from the scene of protest – the Red Cross Junction – and taken them to eight wedding halls across the city. Former Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy led the protests along with former MP M. Ramanathan and DMK’s town secretary M. Veeragopal.

Outside the city limits, the Rural police picked up around 1,800 cadres and later released them in the evening. Pollachi secretary Thendral Selvaraj led the protests in Pollachi, former MLA Arunkumar led the protests in Mettupalayam and the party’s deputy district secretary Anandan led the protests in Annur.

In the city, the cadres started gathering at the protest venue right from 9 a.m.

They raised slogans against the State Government for “foisting false cases” against DMK leaders and members. Personnel from the city police and also Armed Reserve were present at the spot trying to regulate the crowd and ensure free flow of traffic at the junction next to the protest venue.

Deputy Commissioners Hema Karunagaran and T. Senthil Kumar led the police force.

The police had also sought the help of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation for buses to take the protestors to the wedding halls they had arranged. As the DMK cadres started courting arrests, the police used more than 25 vehicles, including their own, to transport the arrested.

The police said that they had engaged wedding halls in Ganapathy, Ramnagar, Pappanaickenpalayam, Puliakulam, Podanur, Saibaba Colony, Kuniamuthur and R.S. Puram. Mr. Palanisamy was taken to the hall in Ganapathy.

In Valparai, around 17 DMK cadres were injured when the van the police had engaged to transport them to a wedding hall there went off the road and almost fell on its rear.

The driver of the van lost control of the vehicle, which started moving reverse.

Sources said that there were 20 cadres in the van and of those 17 were injured and treated at the Valparai government hospital.

No violence was reported.

In Tirupur, around 2,800 DMK members were arrested and removed when they staged a road blockade agitation at seven places across the district.

Before courting arrest, former Minister and DMK district secretary M.P. Saminathan told reporters that the common man had suffered under the present government owing to the escalating costs of transport, milk and electricity.

Former Tirupur Mayor K. Selvaraj, former MLA C. Govindasamy and former chairman of 15 Velampalayam Municipality S.P.Mani, were among the prominent leaders who took part in the agitation.

The protests in the district were held near the Collectorate in Tirupur city and at Dharapuram, Madathukulam, Avinashi, Palladam, Kangayam and Udumalpet.

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