Rail roko across Tamil Nadu continues for the second consecutive today. The agitations are being conducted by farmers associations and are being backed by almost all opposition parties in the state.
DMK treasurer and former Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, his party MLAs and other functionaries were arrested in Chennai on Monday during a protest demanding the Centre to constitute a Cauvery management board.
Various farmers’ organisations and Opposition parties on Monday began a 48-hour rail blockade in various parts of the State, demanding the constitution of a Cauvery board.
Thousands of protestors participated in the rail roko demonstrations, who courted arrest and were lodged in the community and marriage halls, police said, adding they were likely to be released later in the day.
The agitations marked the beginning of 48-hour rail blockade by farmers outfits which has the support of opposition parties including the DMK, Tamil Nadu Congress, IUML, CPI(M), CPI, MDMK and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi.
First among those detained by police included VCK chief Thol Thurumavalanan, at Basin Bridge station in Chennai for trying to stop local trains. It is on this line that major trains enter Chennai from North and Central India.
At Perambur station in North Chennai, DMK legislative party leader MK Stalin sat on the tracks along with several party workers. Holding DMK party flags, the protesters declared that they would not allow trains to and from Bangalore on this route to move. Nearly 200 police personnel present around the station could not prevent Stalin and his men from reaching the rail tracks.