TAMIL NADU

Bandh evokes little response

Special Correspondent

Hundreds of agitators held for resorting to road blockade, rail roko

MADURAI: The bandh called by Left parties to condemn the increase in prices of petrol, diesel and domestic gas evoked little response in Madurai on Saturday.

Public transport, business establishments and banks functioned as usual. Hundreds of agitators were taken into custody for resorting to road blockade and rail roko in the city and district.

According to police sources, members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Communist Party of India broke police cordon and entered the railway junction. They blocked the Guruvayur-Chennai Express on the main platform. While many partymen got on to the engine, others sat on the tracks and raised slogans demanding the withdrawal of price revision. The police took into custody 751 cadres, including 163 women.

In the district, 801 party workers were arrested for staging road blockade at 33 places.

Tirupparankundram

A group of agitators, who attempted to enter the Tirupparankundram railway station, were arrested.

Madurai MP P. Mohan, Madurai East MLA, N. Nanmaran, and CPI (M) urban district secretary, R. Annathurai, were among those arrested. At the Madurai junction, CITU district secretary, B. Vikraman, suffered an injury after he fell on the tracks. He was admitted to a private hospital where his condition for treatment. Those taken into custody were released in the evening.

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