Condemning the Union government for not constituting the Cauvery Management Board (CMB), political parties and students staged protests across the city and suburbs on Monday. Over 250 protesters were arrested for staging rail and road blockades while traders observed a general shut down on Tuesday by extending support to farmers demanding due share of Cauvery water.
DMK cadres led by former MLA K N Sekaran and urban district secretary Anbhazhagan took part in the protest against the Union government in Thiruverumbur and near central bus stand respectively on Monday. More than 200 protesters were detained by the police.
Cadres of Pudhiya Thamilagam at Srirangam railway station staged rail Roko protest by halting the Cuddalore bound passenger train, as many as 37 protesters were detained in the incident by Srirangam police. Students of EVR college in KK Nagar had also staged a demonstration near the campus to condemni BJP led central government for not protecting the interest of Tamil Nadu farmers.
.As protests have been gaining momentum across the state, traders, in a bid to render their support for the Cauvery Management Board, also observed a day long general shutdown across the district on Tuesday.
As many as 90,000 shops across the district including 60,000 shops in the city remained closed till 6pm on Tuesday. AIADMK party cadres had a day long hunger strike in Trichy with the participation of MPs P Kumar and T Rathinavel.