TAMIL NADU

Road blocked, vehicles damaged in Salem

Protest: Miscreants damaging the windscreen of a State Transport Corporation bus in Salem on Tuesday following reports on the death of LTTE chief V. Prabakaran in Sri Lanka.

Protest: Miscreants damaging the windscreen of a State Transport Corporation bus in Salem on Tuesday following reports on the death of LTTE chief V. Prabakaran in Sri Lanka.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

Special Correspondent

Activists condemn Lankan Govt.’s military action against LTTE

SALEM: The windscreens of two buses belonging to the State Transport Corporation and a car were damaged when a group of activists from various Tamil outfits, while staging a road blockade to condemn the Sri Lankan Government’s military action against LTTE, turned violent here on Monday.

Various fringe groups including the Centre for Protection of Civil Liberties – Tamil Nadu, led by its State convener Hari Babu, and Tamil Eelam Viduthalai Munnani staged a road blockade at the New Bus Stand to condemn the killings of civilians in the war against LTTE in Sri Lanka.

While the blockade was on, a few in the group broke away and had started pelting stones at passing vehicles in which two buses and a car suffered damaged. Driver of the town bus Rameshwaran sustained injuries. Later, the group also pelted stones at a few shops in the locality forcing other shop keepers to down shutters.

The police rushed in and arrested 25 members in this connection. Cases under Section 3 of Tamil Nadu (Prevention of Properties Damages) Act 1992 and Sections 147, 148 and 341 Indian Penal Code had been registered against them.

A group of miscreants who came on motor bikes threw stones at buses near Attur.

Students of the Salem Central Law College resorted to a sit-in strike in their class rooms to condemn the death of LTTE chief Prabakaran and others.

Mourning

In various places in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts, black flags were hoisted atop the houses and flag posts to mourn the death of LTTE chief.

Heavy police pickets have been posted at all vulnerable points in the districts of Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri.

“We have been closely watching the developments,” said a senior police official here.

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