Special Correspondent

SALEM: Three agriculture labourers who consumed arrack on Friday evening were found lying in an unconscious state on Saturday. They also complained of nausea.

The three from Poovanur near here – Mahalingam (45), Vellaiyan (40) and Subramani (40) - drank liquor on Friday night and and went to bed.

But on Saturday morning, they were found lying unconscious in their beds.

Their relatives admitted them to the Salem Government Medical College hospital.

Police have registered a case and are investigating into the incident.

CPI(M) protest

Black flags were hoisted at a few places in Salem city on Saturday in protest against the Indo-US Nuke deal.

Cadres of Communist Party of India (Marxist) erected poles and hoisted black flags at various places in the city.