Members of various political parties among others garlanded the statue of Veerapandia Kattabomman on the freedom fighter's 253rd birth anniversary here on Tuesday. Cadres of DMK, MDMK, DMDK, Janata Dal, Congress and volunteers of Kattabomman Peravai garlanded the statue at Periyar Bus Stand. They recalled the deeds of the fighter. Earlier a meeting was held at Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College.

Road blockade

A group of youths bound for the city to participate in the birth anniversary celebration resorted to a road blockade at Kapplaur when police did not allow them to travel on the rooftop of their vehicle.

Senior officers arrived at the scene and restored the traffic on the Madurai-Tirumangalam highway, but still the youths continued their way, travelling dangerously on the rooftop, police said.