Over 300 students, including 200 girls, resorted to a road blockade on the Hosur-Krishnagiri National Highway near Sappadi village on Friday morning demanding that the authorities increase the frequency of town buses during peak hours.

Due to the agitation, traffic on the busy route was affected for over three hours from 8.30 a.m.

Traffic was diverted to Royakottai from Hosur and Krishnagiri towns. This resulted in traffic jam on the Royakottai Road. Container lorries were seen lined up on the Royakottai State Highway up to the District Court in Krishnagiri.

Students studying in Government Higher Secondary Schools in Hosur from Sappadi, Kundukurikki and Attakurikki villages said they couldn't get into the crowded town buses during peak hours from Shoolagiri.

As their repeated pleas fell on deaf ears, the students were forced to stage a blockade two days ago. However, it was thwarted by the officials.

This is the third time students squatted on the National Highway demanding increase in the frequency of town buses between Shoolagiri and Hosur and vice versa.

R.V. Ramya Bharati, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Hosur, and R. Mahendran, Divisional Manager, TNSTC, Krishnagiri rushed to the spot and assured the students that they would look into the issue. The students dispersed after the officials gave an assurance on finding a solution to the issue.

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