TAMIL NADU

Strike call evokes poor response in Karur, Pudukottai, Perambalur, Thanjavur districts

BANNER OF REVOLT: Cadres of Left-affiliated unions staging a road roko near railway junction in Tiruchi on Thursday. — PHOTO: R.M.RAJARATHINAM.

BANNER OF REVOLT: Cadres of Left-affiliated unions staging a road roko near railway junction in Tiruchi on Thursday. — PHOTO: R.M.RAJARATHINAM.  

Normal life was not affected in Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam; work in banks and insurance companies alone was hit

Staff Reporter

KARUR: A total of 697 persons, including 73 women, were arrested at various places in Karur district when they attempted to picket buses and stage a rail roko at Lalapet.

While work in Central Government establishments and banks was hit, the impact was hardly felt in State Government offices. Normal life was not affected in Karur district and there was no report of any untoward incident.

The police took into custody 331 persons including 18 women belonging to the CITU and other unions when they attempted to picket buses in Karur.

Elsewhere in the district, 108 persons including 31 women belonging to the Democratic Youth Federation of India at Kulithalai, 82 including eight women at V. Pudur, 60 including six women at Pallappatti and 60 including eight women at Palaviduthi were picked up.

The Lalapet police arrested 56 persons including two women when they staged a rail roko blocking the Erode-Tiruchi Junction Passenger train service. All those arrested were let off later in the evening.

While 1,100 of the estimated 1,200 bankmen responded to the strike call, 95 of the 100 personnel in the public sector insurance companies, 212 of the 308 BSNL staff, all the 15 of the Income Tax Department and 500 of the 960 postal staff participated in the strike.

But the strike evoked lukewarm response from the State Government employees unions as only 12 of the 942 transport staff, 17 of the 784 TNEB staff, none of the 52 TNCSC staff and none of the 66 TWAD Board staff participated in the strike.

None of the 4,216 teachers participated in the strike.

Besides, 164 of the 712 Revenue Department staff, 15 of the 3,572 noon meal and ICDS staff and none of the 2,912 TNPL staff heeded the strike call.

Of the total 3,260 members in the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Union and the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association, only 670 participated in the strike.

Striking employees staged a demonstration in front of the Head Post Office here in which the CITU district secretary, Jeevanandam, participated.

Pudukottai

In response to the call for nationwide strike on Thursday, several Central Government employees abstained from work in Pudukottai and Perambalur districts. However, normal life was not hit as road and rail services functioned as usual.

About 2,400 cadres of the DYFI, the Communist Party of India, the CPI (M) and farmers' representatives, who tried to picket buses and trains at over 40 places in these districts, courted arrest.

Postal and telegraph services were affected as a majority of the employees abstained from work.

In Pudukottai, about 1,900 cadres of the CPI and the CPI (M) including 433 women, who attempted to picket buses at 31 centres, courted arrest.

They were rounded up when they assembled at bus stands or main roads in Pudukottai, Aranthangi, Alankudi, Keeranur and Ponamaravathy in the district.

At the new bus stand in Pudukottai, CPI cadres, led by Durai. Manickam, State secretary of farmers' wing of the party, were arrested when they attempted to stage a road roko.

At the Old Bus Stand, P. Shanmugam, district president of the CITU, led the agitation. At Annavasal, about 50 workers of the CPI attempted to picket buses.

Perambalur

Barring a few branches, commercial banks remained closed in the district as the employees abstained from duty.

About 500 cadres of the CPI and the CPI (M) courted arrest when they attempted to picket buses and trains at eight centres in the district.

Tight police security was provided near the railway station at Ariyalur. Led by the district president of CITU, Chitrambalam, a total of 116 persons courted arrest when they attempted to picket trains.

At the bus stand in Ariyalur, the district secretary of the CPI, A. Venugopal, led the agitation.

In Perambalur, volunteers of the DYFI, led by its district secretary, Ramesh, who attempted to picket buses near the Periyar statue, courted arrest.

Nagapattinam

More than 2,000 cadres including about 250 women belonging to the CPM and the CPI were arrested in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts on Thursday for staging a road roko and obstructing vehicular traffic at a number of places in these districts.

Police said that a large number of Communist cadres including women were arrested near Mayiladuturai and Thanjavur railway stations when they attempted to stop trains in the morning.

Similarly, hundreds of cadres were arrested at Sikkal, Thirumarugal, Poompuhar, Sirkazhi, Porayar, Thaniyakottagam, Tiruvarur, Keevalur, Thanjavur, Kumbakonam and Pattukottai areas when they staged a road roko.

Police said that no untoward incident was reported in the three districts. All public sector offices including banks did not function in these districts.

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