Staff Reporter

They flay officials for refusing to accept petitions

DINDIGUL: More than 200 women from various places here picketed the main road in front of the municipality on Tuesday, condemning 'autocratic' behaviour of municipal officials, who refused to accept petitions from the public over flood relief. To the contrary, there was a notice board in front of the office informing they would accept petitions from people in connection with flood relief.

When a group of women approached officials to hand over petitions, they were informed that they petitions regarding flood relief would not be entertained. In a fit of anger, the women cautioned that they would resort to road picketing. When the officials ordered them to go out, the indignant women picketed the road condemning the officials' behaviour. Later, police convinced municipal officials to accept forms from agitators and forward them to authorities concerned. Later, municipal officials received the petitions from them.

Sources said the district administration had received about 10,000 fresh applications from people residing in the town for flood relief. Officials said the government should chalk out an immediate action plan for quick verification of relief petitions and for speedy disbursal of funds.

In other places

About 200 persons including 175 women picketed the Dindigul-Batlagundu main road for an hour demanding flood relief on Tuesday night. They pointed out that the relief was disbursed properly in Paraipatti village.

When the Town DSP S. Dorai attempted to convince the agitators, they refused to oblige and demanded that the Tahsildar should come to the spot immediately. But the tahsildar did not do so. Buses and heavy vehicles proceeding to Batlagundu, Theni and Cumbum were diverted through Dindigul-Madurai main road to reach Batlagundu road. About 80 women in Mettupatti also picketed the road near Mettupatti demanding flood relief. Later, they withdrew the agitation following assurance from revenue officials.