Forty students, including five girls, were arrested when they attempted to lay siege to the Congress party office here on Thursday in protest against the recent attack on students, allegedly by the Congress functionaries, in Tiruchi.
The students, raising slogans against the attack on students, alleged that the Congress at the Centre had helped the Sri Lankan Government to wipe out the Tamils from the island nation during the ethnic war. Hence, the ongoing agitation by the pro-Tamil Eelam students against the Congress party would continue across the State.
The students, 21 boys and five girl, from various colleges, led by Maria Thangaraj, came towards the Congress party office at Kokkirakulam. When they crossed the District Science Centre, they were arrested.
Led by Nambiraj of Government Law College, Tirunelveli, 14 students tried to move towards the Congress office. As they were stopped, the protestors squatted on the road and continued their agitation. They were arrested by a police team led by Palayamkottai Inspector L. Francis. They were released in the evening.