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Road, rail blockades mark second day

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Unrelenting:AITUC members staging a road roko protest at old bus stand in Thanjavur on Thursday.— Photo:B.Velankanni Raj
Unrelenting:AITUC members staging a road roko protest at old bus stand in Thanjavur on Thursday.— Photo:B.Velankanni Raj

On the second-day of general strike, police arrested 519 persons, including 73 women, who took part in road and rail roko agitations in Thanjavur district on Thursday.

At Thanjavur railway station, cadre led by K.Mohammed Ali, vice-president, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, detained Cholan express. At old bus station, cadre led by C.Chandrakumar, State secretary, AITUC, led the agitation. Buses were stopped for 40 minutes. Police arrested the protesters.

Demonstrations by employees were held in front of the Tangedco superintending engineer office and Panagal building . Banks, Insurance and Income Tax offices remained deserted on Thursday. However, buses plied normally and shops remained open.

Tiruvarur

At Tiruvarur railway station, cadre led by G.Palanivel, district secretary, CITU, G.Sundaramanickam, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, blocked the Ernakulam-Karaikal express. Thirty-one persons were arrested by the police at the station. Road roko agitations were held at many places.

Karur

State government agencies, private institutions, public transport, educational institutions, and general life remained unaffected on the second day of strike.

The CPI (M) affiliated Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam staged a road roko and picketed buses at Noyyal Cross Cut Road in which police arrested 14 persons including two women. District president of the Sangam Shanmughasundaram led the protest.

Banking activities remained affected with 75 per cent of the staff staying away from work.

The insurance sector was also affected with an estimated 80 per cent staff abstaining work. In the Income Tax department, all the 13 staff stayed away from work.

Postal services were hit with more than 75 per cent staff making themselves unavailable for work while the BSNL activities were also affected.

Public transport was not affected and there was no trouble as TNSTC services were routine, even as taxis and autos plied as usual.

The Tamil Nadu Government College Teachers Association members staged demonstration in front of the Government Arts College, Thanthonrimalai, which was led by the branch secretary Ananthasekaran.

The Tamil Nadu Rural Development Employees Association organised a demonstration in front of the collectorate and Taluk Office on Jawahar Bazaar.

Pudukottai

Members of various government employees associations staged a demonstration in front of the Public Office here. K.Jayabalan, district president, Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association, T. Kannan, State president, Tamil Nadu Elementary School Teachers Federation, M.Asokan, vice president, Thanjavur division, All India Insurance Employees Association, and Janakiraman, district secretary, Tamil Nadu Revenue Officials Association, spoke.

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