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Fight for rights: PMK cadres staging a demonstration in Salem on Friday in protest against Karnataka’s opposition to Hogenakkal water supply scheme.
Fight for rights: PMK cadres staging a demonstration in Salem on Friday in protest against Karnataka’s opposition to Hogenakkal water supply scheme.

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Condemn violence against Tamils in Karnataka

SALEM: Various outfits and political parties here continued to hold agitations and protests on Friday condemning the Kannada groups, which oppose the Hoganekkal Water Supply Scheme and the violence unleashed against Tamils in Karnataka.

Cadres of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) on Friday staged demonstrations at various places in Salem district. Their agitations were held at Salem, Attur, Mettur, Yercaud, Omalur, Edapadi, Attur and Sankagiri. Many district level front line leaders took part in the agitation held at Salem, presided over by deputy secretary Shanmugam.

They raised slogans against the groups that opposed the drinking water project and strongly condemned the violence against Tamils in Bangalore.

The police arrested seven students of a private law college near Salem Collectorate here when they attempted to burn the effigy of Karnataka BJP leader Yediyurappa, who, they accused, was responsible for the present situation in the issue.

Meanwhile, buses from Salem and other centres to Bangalore were operated with police protection. All the buses were terminated at the Karnataka border since Thursday following some stone pelting incidents.

Court boycott

The Federation of District and Subordinate Courts Bar Association of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has decided to boycott the court proceedings on April 8 to protest against the Kannada outfits that oppose the implementation of Hogenakkal scheme.

The decision was taken at meeting of the federation held here on Friday. Federation president Paramasivam said that over 40,000 lawyers in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry would participate in the protest. The Kannada outfits were opposing the scheme merely for political gains. The federation also sought the intervention of the Central Government to settle the Hogenakkal issue, he demanded.

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