About 11 Dalit, minorities and Tamil supporting organisations have jointly called for a dawn-to-dusk total shutdown in Tirupur city and its suburbs on October 18.

Sources said that the shutdown agitation was in support of the causes highlighted by Thyagu, a Tamil writer, for his fast underway in Chennai.

Among the demands include an appeal to the Union Government not to take part in the Commonwealth conference in Sri Lanka, removal of Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth forum and a fair general election in Lanka.

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