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Nilgiris Chamber calls for hartal on April 8

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Raising their voice: PMK activists staging a demonstration in Udhagamandalam on Friday in protest against the attack on Tamils in Karnataka. —
Raising their voice: PMK activists staging a demonstration in Udhagamandalam on Friday in protest against the attack on Tamils in Karnataka. —

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Against opposition in Karnataka to the Hogenakkal drinking water project

Udhagamandalam: With resentment over the attitude of some groups in Karnataka towards the Hogenakkal composite drinking water project increasing in the Nilgiris, which shares a boundary with Karnataka, the Nilgiris Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for a district-wide dawn to dusk hartal on April 8.

Intervention

In a statement that was issued here on Friday, the President of the Chamber, S.Heeralal, said that the Central government should immediately intervene in the matter and take steps to prevent the ongoing attack on Tamils in Karnataka.

By way of registering the protest of the mercantile community, shops and commercial establishments would remain closed on Tuesday.

Cooperation

The cooperation of lorry, taxi and auto owners has been sought as well, in order to make the protest a success.

Meanwhile activists of the PMK staged demonstrations in various parts of the district including Udhagamandalam and Coonoor, to protest against the opposition to the scheme and attack that were taking place against Tamils in Karnataka.

They raised slogans against Kannada chauvinists and cautioned that they would retaliate if there was no change in their approach.

Meanwhile, supporters of the Dalit Panthers of India staged demonstrations at Kotagiri and Kakkanullah on the Nilgiris – Karnataka border on the same issue.

An effigy of Karnataka BJP leader Yediyurappa was set ablaze by protestors at Kotagiri.

Transport officials said that government buses plied only up to the Tamil Nadu border on Friday.

However, movement of private vehicles was not affected.

Hoteliers feared that the problem would affect the flow of weekenders to this hill station.

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