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Goods carriers off roads

Staff Reporter

Protest against recent hike in oil prices

SALEM: A large number of goods carriers and auto rickshaws in the district kept off the road on Tuesday in response to the nation-wide stir called by the All India Motor Transport Congress opposing hike in oil prices.

About 15,000 goods carriers and lorries - that arrived here from various parts of the country - stopped operation. According to president of Salem District Lorry Owners Association, V. Chennakesavan, the operators had lost a profit of Rs. 1.5 crores due to the stir.

In Namakkal district, about 25,000 trucks and more than 1,000 autos kept off the road. Truck operators said the strike was a success and that the Government should withdraw the hike.

Members of the Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India (Marxist) staged a demonstration in front of the Old Bus Terminus here. District secretary of the CPI A. Jeevanandam and district secretary of the CPI (M) M. Rajagopalan headed the protest organised in Salem.

Protests were held in Omalur, Yercaud, Vazhapadi, Mettur, Sankagiri, Yethapur and Attur towns, and Namakkal and Tiruchengode.

The Federation of All Auto Rickshaw Associations staged a demonstration in front of the Head Post Office here.

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