T.N. Governor Banwarilal Purohit heads for Delhi

Cauvery protests mount in some parts of the State

Updated - April 03, 2018 07:29 am IST

Published - April 02, 2018 11:39 pm IST - CHENNAI / THANJAVUR

 Banwarilal Purohit

Banwarilal Purohit

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Monday evening left for New Delhi, in a context in which various political parties and groups in the State are intensifying agitations over the Cauvery issue.

A Raj Bhavan official said the Governor will meet Union Home Ministry officials. He will return here Tuesday evening. Mr Purohit had on Sunday met the State Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and other officers.

Widespread protests erupted in the core Cauvery delta region against the non-constitution of the Cauvery Management Board on Monday. Hundreds of cadres belonging to Opposition parties staged road and rail roko action and blocked Central government offices to protest against “denial of justice” to Tamil Nadu.

Centre criticised

Sporadic protests were witnessed in others parts of the state including in Chennai. Agitators targeted central establishments.

In Thanjavur district, 1,218 protesters were arrested in 16 places. Puthiya Tamizhagam cadre who tried to block trains in Thanjavur were stopped by the police.

More than 200 cadre of Opposition parties were arrested when they blocked the Ernakulam-Karaikal Express at Tiruvarur railway station.

The train was detained for more than 90 minutes. Over 500 protesters tried to gain entry into the Mannargudi Head Post Office; the police had a tough time checking them.

College students boycotted classes at the Thiru.Vi. Ka.Government Arts College, Tiruvarur and the Rajagopalaswamy Government Arts College, Mannargudi, to stage protests and road blocks. Protests were witnessed in Nagapattinam, Tiruchi, Karur, Pudukottai and Ariyalur districts as well.

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