TAMIL NADU

Mixed response to strike call

TAKING TO STREETS: Activists of the All-India Trade Union Congress staging a road roko in front of Tower Post Office in Nagercoil on Thursday. — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

TAKING TO STREETS: Activists of the All-India Trade Union Congress staging a road roko in front of Tower Post Office in Nagercoil on Thursday. — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen  

Buses, trains run as usual; public distribution system functions normally

Tamil Nadu Bureau

TUTICORIN: : The nationwide general strike, called by trade union organistions to press their demands, including formation of sixth Pay Commission, right to strike, re-look into privatisation policies of the Central Government etc. , evoked a mixed response in Tuticorin district on Thursday.

Official sources said public transport buses and trains ran as usual across the district and the public distribution system too functioned normal.

Attendance was by and large high in State and Central offices in the district, despite the strike call. The Tuticorin Port Trust registered 82 per cent attendance.

However, the port activities were affected a little bit as a majority of cargo handling labourers refrained from attending their duties.

Of 1,380 postal employees in the district, only 481 persons supported the strike.

Meanwhile, banking and insurance sectors were paralysed as a major chunk of the employees went on strike. Of 1,700 bank staff, 1,600 took part in the strike and 600 out of a total 701 insurance employees across the district agitated.

Police sources told The Hindu that 1,904 trade union members courted arrest after they tried to picket the vehicular traffic at 10 places.

According to the police, 283 cadres were arrested in Tuticorin, 430 at Kovilpatti, 365 at Tiruchendur, 140 at Kazhugamalai, 161 at Kurumbur and the rest from Vilathikulam, Ettayapuram, Srivaikundam, Kayathar and Ottapidaram areas.

As part of special bandobust to tackle the strike, 140 police officers and 750 constables were deployed across the district.

Tirunelveli

Collector Atul Anand told The Hindu that the strike call evoked a poor response from State Government employees, as almost 98 per cent employees worked in Tirunelveli district.

He said public transport buses and trains plied as usual and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.

Official sources said postal, banking and telecom sector were affected by the strike, as the attendance were thin.

Deputy Inspector General of Police ( Tirunelveli range), Jayanth Murali, said 1,766 cadres were arrested across the district, including 184 within the city limits, when they attempted vehicular picketing.

Nagercoil

The strike call evoked a mixed response in Kanyakumari district. The police arrested more than 4,500 activists of trade unions when they tried to stage a road roko at more than 43 places in different parts of the district.

The trade unionists staged demonstrations at more than 43 places including Nagercoil, Kaliyal, Arumanai, Melpuram, Devicode, Kaliyakavilai, Kuzuthurai, Kollencode, Nadaicavu, Kolivilai, Munchirai, Kanchamparam, Karunkal, Tholaivattam, Tholicodu, Ettani, Midalacadu, Kulasekaram, Ponmanai, Thiruvattar, Verkilampi, Eraniel, Muttaicadu, Thuckalay, Swamiarmadam, Colachel, Manavalakurichi, Kurunthancode, Villukury, Monday Market, Krishnan Kovil, Meenakshipuram, Asaripallam, Chetikulam junction, Myladi, Rajakkamangalam, Eethamozi, NGO Colony junction, Melakrishnan Kovil, Thadikaramkonam, Aralvoimozhi, Alakiyapandipuram etc.

However all government departments functioned as usual and the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation operated its bus service.

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