Work in Central Government offices and banks was hit
Barring a few demonstrations and a couple of road blockades, the second day of the nationwide strike passed off peacefully in the district on Thursday.
While the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation and private buses plied as usual, more than 50 per cent of the autorickshaws did not ply on the roads.
However, business in the Central Government offices, banks and a few State Government offices were badly hit.
As the Communist Party of India cadres tried to block rail traffic at Tenkasi railway station, the police arrested 151 persons, including 57 women. The police also detained 42 cadres of CPI (M) when they attempted to stage a road roko near Tenkasi bus-stand.
In Sankarankovil, the police arrested 54 CPI functionaries, including 11 women, as they staged road roko on the main road.
The detained protestors were released in the evening.
While demonstrations were held at ten places in rural Tirunelveli, similar protests were organised at five places in the city.
Banking services continued to be affected for the second consecutive day here on Thursday. R. Krishnamurthy, Town Secretary, All India Bank Employees Association, Tuticorin, said except for some private and scheduled banks here, the nationalised banks wore a deserted look.
Long queues were seen at ATM centres following the closure of banks. Post office services were also hit as the employees joined in the strike. Unlike Wednesday, about eighty percent attendance was recorded at V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust, sources said.
Inter-state bus services (Kanyakumari to Kerala) did not ply for the second day today. Activists of various trade unions held demonstration in three places in the district including Nagercoil, Thuckalay and Melpuram.
The demonstration was led by the district president of the Federation of all Trade Unions, Ganapathy in front of BSNL office at Nagercoil and MLA of Padmanabhapuram Assembly segment, Puspha Leela Alben at Thuckalay.