The dawn-to-dusk State-wide general strike called by the DMK-backed Tamil Eelam Supporters Organisation (TESO) on Tuesday did not affect normal life in the district even as several DMK cadre were arrested after they indulged in picketing demanding that India support the draft resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
There was no disturbance to public movement as town, mofussil and long distance state transport corporation buses and private buses plied as usual all through the day with no untoward incident reported anywhere in the district.
It was business as usual as majority of shops and business establishments in the city and elsewhere in the district remained open, though at some places including Thuraiyur, Manapparai, Musiri and Lalgudi some shopkeepers downed shutters.
The police sources said over 2,000 DMK functionaries were arrested in more than 15 places in the district after they indulged in picketing.
Several DMK cadre, led by the party district secretary and former Minister K.N. Nehru, were arrested after they attempted to indulge in picketing near the central bus stand in the city.
A posse of police personnel were deployed at the central bus stand and in other places in the district to ensure order in the wake of the general strike call.
The sources said DMK cadre were also arrested at places including Manachanallur, Thuraiyur, Manapparai, Lalgudi, Tiruverambur, Thuvakudi, Jeeyapuram, Musiri, Thottiyam, Uppiliapuram and Somarasampet. The party members raised slogans against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and wanted India to support the resolution against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC. All those held were later released in the evening.