A large number of residents of Anna Nagar near the Muthu Mandapam blocked the Katpadi Road behind the New Bus Stand protesting against the move to locate a Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) shop near the New Bus Stand after rejecting their plea to set up a fair price shop (FPS) in the area.

Police officials immediately rushed to the spot and held talks with the agitators.

They told the police officials that the residents of Anna Nagar submitted several petitions to the revenue officials pleading for the setting up of a new FPS in the area to cater to the nearly 750 families living in Anna Nagar.

But the authorities asked the residents to identify a rented shop for locating the FPS.

But now the authorities have decided to locate a TASMAC liquor shop in the area, in preference to an FPS which is more urgent.

The residents totally opposed the location of the TASMAC shop in the area.

The agitators dispersed after the officials assured them that they would take steps to ensure that the TASMAC shop was not located in the area.