Various farmers’ organisations on Monday began a 48-hour rail roko in Tiruchi and delta districts, demanding the constitution of a Cauvery management board.
Opposition parties, including the DMK, extended their support and participated in the agitation. Former DMK Minister K.N. Nehru courted arrest after attempting a blockade at the Srirangam Railway Station.
Officials stated that there was no disruption of rail services. More arrests were made at Pollachi, Mettupalayam and Sulur Railway Stations in Coimbatore district.
In Cuddalore, over 700 farmers and cadres of political parties tried to enter the railway station for staging a rail roko agitation.Police had to resort to mild lathicharge to disperse the crowd. Nearly 300 persons were arrested, police said. In Erode district, several farmers and opposition party workers who attempted to enter the Erode Railway Station were arrested by the police.
Madurai City Police resorted to lathi charge to disperse a strong crowd belonging to various opposition parties, when they insisted on staging a rail roko and attempted to enter the railway junction here, they said. Around five persons suffered simple injuries in the lathi charge.
Over 2000 farmers and cadres of various parties were arrested in the central region comprising of eight districts till 12.30 pm. Maximum number of arrests were made in Thanjavur district with the figure exceeding 1400. Makkal Nala Kuttani volunteers staged a rail roko in Ramanathapuram against the Central government.
Former Speaker R. Avudaiyappan, Palayamkottai MLA T. P. M. Mohideen Khan, former MLA Appavu arrested in front Tirunelveli railway Junction along with 250 cadres. Senior DMK leader Duraimurugan was arrested after a rail roko at Katpadi junction in Vellore on Monday. The DMK cadres led by Puducherry convenor (South) R. Siva and S.P. Sivakumar (North), staged a rail roko against Central Government for Cauvery issue in Puducherry.