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Left parties protest against increase in petroleum products price

Joining hands: Loadmen blocking Langley Road at Sevvapet in Salem on Saturday to protest against the increase in the price of petroleum products.

Joining hands: Loadmen blocking Langley Road at Sevvapet in Salem on Saturday to protest against the increase in the price of petroleum products.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: P. Goutham

Special Correspondent

Bandh in Salem, Namakkal districts passes off peacefully

SALEM: Cadres of CPI and CPI (M) resorted to agitations at several places in the districts of Salem and Namakkal to protest against the price hike of petroleum products, a part of their nation-wide strike, here on Saturday.

The police arrested nearly 700 of them. Barring an isolated incident of pelting stones at a bus near Komarapalayam in Namakkal district the ‘bandh’ in both the districts passed off peacefully.

Traffic hit

Though normal life remained unaffected with shops and business establishments remaining open and buses plying, traffic was paralysed for a few hours at various points in the city due to road blockades.

Load men belonging to CITU blocked the road at Sevvapet in Salem city.

A group led by urban secretary, CPI (M), M. Sethu Madhavan, staged an agitation in front of the Salem Collectorate.

Cadres of DYFI dragged autos by ropes and CPI cadres in Omalur attempted to picket Omalur Railway Station. Autos belonging to trade unions of CPI (M) and CPI kept off the roads.

The police made elaborate security arrangements in places of public congregation such as bus stands and railway stations.



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