CUDDALORE: The police on Friday arrested Ilavarasan (43), organiser of the Killai youth wing of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, on charges of assaulting Anbarasan (46), president of the Killai fishermen panchayat.

According to the police, Ilavarasan and his companion Kamaraj of Singarakuppam waylaid Mr. Anbarasan on Thursday night, abused and manhandled him. As they could not stomach the influence of Mr. Anbarasan over the fisherfolk, they indulged in criminal intimidation.

In protest against the assault, about 500 fishermen stayed ashore.

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