Coimbatore: Commotion prevailed in Ganapathy area on Thursday afternoon when members of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) clashed with each other over the issue of the right to distribute tokens to the residents in the ward for availing the free colour television.
Around 2,953 colour television sets were earmarked for distribution in Ward No 71. Tokens were issued by the AIADMK councillor of the ward P. Rajkumar.
It was said that a board was immediately put up at the Village Administrative Officer’s office stating that tokens would be distributed there also.
AIADMK men alleged that the DMK ward secretary was behind the development and accused her of indulging in politics. AIADMK activists insisted that the elected representative should not be deprived of his right and liberty to discharge his duty.
DMK members taking objection to the stand taken by the AIADMK men and councillor squatted on the road.
This was countered by the AIADMK men squatting on the road. The agitation near the Ganapathy bus stand led to commotion.
Police intervened and as the situation was found to be going out of hand, the police forcibly removed more than 100 persons, largely women, belonging to both the parties.
On Thursday morning, the police removed 120 workers of a private manufacturing facility in Singanallur, when the workers tried to storm into the office premises.
The workers were agitated over their removal and insisted that they would disperse only if they were re-employed. Efforts by the police to restore peace went in vain and at one stage the police used force to disperse the crowd.
When the workers tried to squat inside and outside the manufacturing facility, they were removed by the police.