Farmers from seven districts gathered in protest against the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) gas pipeline cutting through their farmlands on Tuesday.
They assembled near the Five Road Junction and attempted to lay siege to the GAIL’s office. Police removed 834 persons, including 80 women. They were later released in the evening.
Members of various political parties, farmers’ association and farmers gathered in large numbers and took out a rally.
Farmers from Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Namakkal, Salem, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts participated.
Over 150 police personnel were posted for duty to prevent untoward incidents.
The protesters raised slogans that the pipeline project would affect their livelihood and condemned the use of force while laying the pipeline at many places. Later they were removed in police vehicles.
Following the protest vehicles proceeding towards Omalur Main Road were diverted through AVR roundabout for about three hours.
Meanwhile, on Monday, 450 cadre of Thamizaga Valvurimai Katchi (KVK) were removed by the police when they protested against the pipeline project.