DMK leaders M.K. Stalin and Kanimozhi were among several leaders detained today while staging protests in support of a shutdown called in Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery row. The dawn to dusk bandh called by farmers, traders and supported by the opposition over the issue evoked a mixed response in the state.
Meanwhile, an activist belonging to Naam Tamizhar Katchi, who had set himself on fire over the Cauvery issue yesterday, succumbed to his injuries, police said. He had suffered over 90% burns and died this morning.
“We were giving him all possible treatment. However, he suffered a cardiac arrest and despite our best efforts, he could not be revived,” a senior hospital official told PTI.
Several establishments remained shut in Coimbatore, Tirupur and Nilgiris districts, affecting normal life.
About 20,000 small and medium scale units in and around the city and over 30,000 garment factories in the textile hub of Tirupur also extended support to the bandh and downed shutters, according to reports.
In Chennai, DMK treasurer Stalin led a rally from Rajarathinam stadium to Egmore Railway station. He then squatted in front of the railway terminal along with hundreds of party workers after his attempt to stage a rail roko was foiled by the police, who detained him along with other protesters.
DMK Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, who staged a road roko on the arterial Anna Salai along with DMK supporters was later detained by police in a marriage hall. She has sought an all-party meeting over the Cauvery issue.
In Coimbatore, senior leaders of various political parties, including DMK and MDMK and farmers associations were arrested while trying to stage rail roko near railway stations and road blockade.
(With PTI inputs)