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Violence mars MTC cooperative elections

STERN ACTION: The police dispersing protesters at the MTC headquarters in Chennai on Saturday.

STERN ACTION: The police dispersing protesters at the MTC headquarters in Chennai on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

Karthik Subramanian

Factional fight between CITU and ruling party-backed unions spills on to Anna Salai

CHENNAI: Elections to the housing cooperative society of the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) here on Saturday were marred by violence.

A fight between the CITU and the ruling party-backed unions spilled on to Anna Salai and the police resorted to lathicharge.

Eight persons were injured in the full-blown fisticuffs between the contesting parties, after polling was stalled in the afternoon.

They have been admitted to Government General Hospital. A few others were injured when the police lathicharged the warring factions in front of Pallavan House, the MTC headquarters, around 2.30 p.m.

Traffic hit

Traffic came to a standstill for nearly 30 minutes due to the fracas. Passengers and crew of some buses fled the scene. There were tense moments when members of the CITU and the DMK-backed unions indulged in sloganeering.

At one point, a union member threatened to drive a bus into the members of the rival group, squatting on the arterial main road, staging a protest. But the police dragged him out and ensured nothing untoward happened.

The police rounded up the protesting CITU members near the Pallavan House-Anna Salai junction and forced them to board waiting police vans.

In a press statement in the evening, A.P.Anbazhagan, general secretary of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Employee’s Federation, charged the ruling party with indulging in large-scale bogus voting in the elections.

He said the CITU had warned the police that bogus voting was likely even before the elections.

The Communist-backed unions have called for further protests.

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