Cadres of Tamilaga Vazhvurimai Katchi, led by founder T.Velmurugan, former MLA, stopped the Bhuvaneswar Express at the Cuddalore Old Town Junction on Saturday and courted arrest.
Over 500 members, including 50 women, of the party were taken into custody and released later in the evening. Mr. Velmurugan said it had been the demand of Cuddalore residents that all trains passing through the town had a halt at the Cuddalore Old Town Junction.
It was sad that after gauge conversion, the Southern Railway was not keen on improving rail connection in the district, Mr. Velmurugan alleged. The authorities could not defend their indifference to the demands that all trains that used to halt in the junction prior to gauge conversion should do so even now.
Mr. Velmurugan urged the authorities to provide for train halt at the junction with immediate effect. The party cadre, carrying party flags, climbed on to the locomotive of the train and got down after police personnel intervened.
Meanwhile, shops and establishments in the Old Town area remained closed for the day because all shopkeepers and fishermen had called for a bandh in protest against the negligence of the Southern Railway authority in providing better rail connectively to the residents of Cuddalore.