They protest attack on party leader Krishnasamy’s convoy
TIRUNELVELI: A Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation bus, proceeding from Kovilpatti to Rajapalayam, was partly damaged when a group of miscreants smashed the windscreens of the vehicle and burnt four seats at Solaiserry near Sankarankovil on Monday.
Police suspect that it was the handiwork of Puthiya Tamilagam activists, who blocked traffic at five places in the district in protest against the attack on the party president K. Krishnasamy’s convoy at Usilampatti on Sunday night.
A total of 289 PT cadres have been taken into custody for staging road roko at Kadayanallur, Veeravanallur, Puliyangudi, Vasudevanallur and Chellapandian Traffic Island at Vannarpet in Palayamkottai.
The Karivalamvanthanallur police have registered a case and are on the lookout for 30 persons in connection with the attack on the public transport vehicle.
As the bus crossed a small bridge at Solaiserry, a group of unidentified persons pelted stones on the bus, in which the front windscreens were totally damaged.
Once the driver stopped the vehicle, the anti-socials set afire the seats with diesel after passengers ran for safety.
However, the police rushed to the spot immediately and doused the flames, averting a major tragedy.
Another private bus going to Sankarankovil from Puliyangudi came under attack at Irukkankulam in which three persons sustained injuries.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Tirunelveli Range, P. Kannappan, and Superintendent of Police, Tirunelveli Asra Garg, visited the spot and intensified police patrol in vulnerable areas.
Law enforcers have been instructed to ensure smooth vehicular traffic across the district. After the news about the attack on Dr. Krishnasamy’s convoy spread, police personnel intensified the patrol and operation of buses to several villages was stopped last night, leaving the commuters in the lurch.
Buses going from Tirunelveli to other towns were operated in batches with adequate security.
PT cadres resorted to a road blockade in various places in Tuticorin district. About 45 members were arrested at Kadambur. Similarly, 15 members were taken into custody in Pandiyapuram near Pudhur. A demonstration was also staged. It was led by P. Kanagaraj, town secretary.
Transport services stood severed for about two hours on Tuticorin – Arupukottai stretch. Nagalapuram, a place near Vilathikulam, where about 200 protestors blocked road.
Deepak M. Damor, Superintendent of Police, convinced them to disperse.