Tirupur CPI unit calls for nationalisation of bus routes
The police on Wednesday removed more than 700 activists of the Communist Party of India (CPI) at 13 places in the district when they attempted to stage a picketing agitation in protest against the recent hike in milk prices and bus fares.
In the city, demonstrations were held near Hotel Tamil Nadu at Gandhipuram, Singanallur bus stand and Chinthamani junction.
The police removed 140 activists, including 11 women. In Coimbatore rural district, the police removed 576 activists, including 154 women when they staged demonstration at Annur, Kovilpalayam, Mettupalayam, Valparai, Pollachi, Sulur, Thudiyalur, Madukkarai, Karamadai and Vadavalli.
In Pollachi, over one hundred activists, including Valparai MLA M. Arumugam of CPI, were removed after they staged demonstration near BSNL's office.
Tirupur Staff Reporter adds:
In Tirupur, over 800 CPI members were arrested when they staged road blockade agitation in various parts of the district.CPI district secretary M. Subramanian told reporters the government should immediately nationalise the bus routes in the state instead of playing to the tunes of the private bus operators and increase the fare in an unjustifiable manner.
“It is the duty of the government to provide public transport system at affordable rates as mostly middle and lower middle class people in society are using buses more frequently for travel,” he said.
On the milk prices, he said the recent increase had only compounded the woes of the consumers whereas the milk producers were not going to benefit much.
“While the procurement price has been raised by just Rs two, the sales prices of Aavin-brand milk were increased in the range of Rs. six to Rs. 10,” he added.
The CPI men wanted the government to explore ways to augment the power production and prevent power theft to improve the fiscal status of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation instead of passing on the losses incurred by the Corporation to the shoulders of the end-users.