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Shifting of Tasmac shop: residents block Chennai-Bangalore highway

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Police use mild lathi charge to disperse crowd

Residents have placed stones in front of a Tasmac outlet in Krishnagiri.— Photo: N. Bashkaran.
Residents have placed stones in front of a Tasmac outlet in Krishnagiri.— Photo: N. Bashkaran.

Over a hundred residents, largely women and children, blocked the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway on Friday in protest against shifting of a Tasmac shop from the NH to their locality.

Following a High Court order, the administration of the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Limited (Tasmac) has been taking steps to shift the shops from the National Highway to the nearby locations before the fixed deadline of March 31.

The residents of Power House Colony in Agasipalli Panchayat near Krishnagiri staged the agitation in protest against shifting of a shop to their colony.

On information, policemen led by M. Santhanapandian, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Krishnagiri, rushed to the spot and reportedly used mild lathi charge to disperse the agitators. The villagers alleged that the police assaulted and took custody of four persons.

However, Mr. Santhanapandian said that they were forced to disperse the villagers as they were blocking the busy National Highway. The four persons were let off without the police registering any case against them, he added.

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