The police took into custody women who attempted to storm the Head Post Office (HPO) here on Wednesday when they were staging a protest against spiralling rise in prices of essential commodities. They demanded an effective food security legislation.

Led by All India Women's Association (AIDWA) State general secretary K.S. Lakshmi and district unit secretary V. Geetha, the women came in a procession from the Inspection Bungalow raising slogans in support of their demands.

Even as the agitating women approached the Head Post Office, the police put up barricades on the approach road preventing them from entering the premises. However, the women argued with the police personnel and broke the barricades down.

The police arrested the activists when they insisted that they be allowed to enter the office premises to stall work. The police took them away in vans.

Addressing the protesters, Ms. Lakshmi said that hunger has become the main enemy of the common people. Despite the serious situation, the Union and State budgets had not given priority to tackle the issue, she said.