Vaiko and partymen arrested in Kerala
Around 900 workers of the MDMK along with party general secretary Vaiko were arrested on Wednesday.india Updated: Sep 19, 2007 15:07 IST
Around 900 workers of the MDMK along with party general secretary Vaiko were arrested on Wednesday while attempting to stage a 'rail roko' to protest against giving away Pollachi and Kinathukadavu to Palakkad Division in Kerala as part of a compromise formula to resolve the Salem Division issue.
Vaiko and about 350 workers squatted on the railway track at Pollachi railway station, about 40 kms from Coimbatore, and stopped the movement of Podanur-Dindigul train on Wednesday morning, following which they were arrested, police said.
Earlier, over 500 workers in two batches were arrested for attempting to stop two trains at the same station, they said.
The workers raised slogans against the decision to take away the 79-km Palakkad-Pollachi-Kinathukadavu stretch, which is at present in Madurai Divison, and hand it over to Palakkad Division as a compromise formula to include Coimbatore and Tirupur in the newly-created Salem Division.
The protesters demanded that the area be retained in Madurai Division or included in Salem Division.
MDMK has decided to take out a procession in Pollachi on October 5 and a door-to-door campaign in and around Kinathukadavu and Anamalai for four days from Oct 25 against the decision, party sources said.