Fifty-two men and women were arrested by Guduvanchery police on Thursday when they tried to go on a day-long fast in protest against the proposed move of the State government to construct a bus terminus on fertile farmlands in Vandalur.
The arrests were made as police had not given permission for the day-long fast. The protesters were held in a marriage hall in Guduvanchery and released later in the evening.
The farmers said they had applied for permission from the Kancheepuram district police to observe the day-long fast in support of their demand to scrap the State government’s proposal to construct the terminus on over 60 acres of fertile farmlands. The proposal is aimed at decongesting Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus in Koyambedu.
The farmers decided to go ahead with the fast and when they reached the designated venue at the intersection of the Grand Southern Trunk Road and Vandalur–Wallajahbad Road, they were arrested by the police.
The farmers said they would continue with their protests until the attention of the State government was drawn towards their single-charter demand to scrap the bus terminus proposal.