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Over 1,500 held during bandh

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Protesters blocking trains in Puducherry on Tuesday.Photo: T.Singaravelou
Protesters blocking trains in Puducherry on Tuesday.Photo: T.Singaravelou

More than 1,500 cadre of polilitical parties were detained in Puducherry, Cuddalore and Villupuram during a bandh called on Tuesday to demand that India boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo.

Large number of arrests was made during rail roko held in all the three places by Tamizh Vazhvurimai Iyakkam, Thanthai Periyar Dravida Kazhagam, VCK, MDMK, PMK, Naam Thamizhar Katchi and some smaller outfits. Protests were also held in various places across the three districts.

A total of 290 people were arrested in Puducherry, 577 in Villupuram and 757 in Cuddalore. In Chidambaram, 15 MDMK cadre were arrested for participating in a protest. In Ariyankuppam, 25 persons belonging to Periyar Sinthanai Iyakkam were arrested for burning the effigy of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

In Puducherry, police force was deployed from 4 am to prevent any violence. Though there were several protests throughout the day, there was no serious damage, Senior Superintendent of Police Omvir Singh told The Hindu .

Overall, the bandh evoked good response. Private educational institutions and shops remained closed; buses, autorickshaws, tempos did not ply. Vehicular traffic in Puducherry was minimum. Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation buses were operated with police escort.

In Cuddalore and Villupuram, shops were closed in the towns, but were open in smaller towns.

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