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572 held for road roko, attempt to block trains

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Ration shops closed in Virudhunagar on second day of stir

Bid to block trains:Members of Tamil Nadu Farm Labourers’ Association staging a demonstration at Dindigul railway station on Tuesday.— PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN
Bid to block trains:Members of Tamil Nadu Farm Labourers’ Association staging a demonstration at Dindigul railway station on Tuesday.— PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN

A total of 572 persons, including members of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and farm labourers’ associations, were arrested in the district for picketing roads and attempting to block trains on the second day of the two-day nationwide strike called by the trade unions.

Thirty seven members of Tamil Nadu Farm Labourers’ Association, who attempted to block trains at the Dindigul railway station, were arrested in the morning. They raised slogans against the Central government and its anti-people policies.

Another group of protesters staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Assistant Director, National Highways, here.

The CPI(M) cadre picketed the main roads at Palani, Gujiliamparai, Chinnalapatti, Dindigul, Vedasandur, Thadikombu, Virupachi, Ayyalur, Batlagundu and Oddanchatram. Traffic was disrupted for some time on these roads.

Bank services were completely paralysed for the second day. Many branches of nationalised banks remained closed. However, post offices were functioning with skeleton staff. Employees of insurance corporations also struck work for the second successive day.

Theni

A total of 441 persons, including members of farm labourers’ associations and CPI(M) were arrested when they picketed roads in Theni, Kombai, Andipatti, Periyakulam and Bodi in Theni district.

The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation and private buses were no operated to Munnar, Vandiperiyar and other places in Kerala.

However, buses proceeding to Kumuli from Dindigul, Theni, Tiruchi and Madurai districts were operated.

Virudhunagar

Many ration shops remained closed as around 50 per cent of the employees abstained from work in Virudhunagar district. Except for this, the second day strike was no different from that of the first day, police said.

Over 795 members of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, All India Kisan Sabha were arrested after they staged demonstrations at 20 places in the district. They were later released.

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