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Normal life unaffected

Staff Reporter

Shops and business establishments function as usual

PHOTO:R.M. RAJARATHINAM

PROTEST: Cadre of Left parties squatting on the road at the Central bus stand in Tiruchi on Tuesday during the nationwide hartal called by Opposition parties against price rise.—

TIRUCHI: Normal life remained unaffected though scores of cadre of Left parties were arrested in the district on Tuesday while indulging in picketing agitations organised as part of nation-wide hartal called by the opposition parties to condemn the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government's failure to check the rising prices of essential commodities.

Shops and business establishments functioned as usual in the city including in the busy Gandhi Market area and elsewhere in the district despite a call by the opposition parties to the trading community to take part in the protest and make it a success. No untoward incidents were reported in the district, said police sources.

Train, bus services run

Train and bus services were operated as usual though autorickshaws drivers affiliated to the Centre of Indian Trade Unions kept off the road in certain places.

Several cadres of the Communist Party of India – Marxist and Communist Party of India carrying party flags besides members of the Puthiya Tamizhagam were arrested in the city when they squatted on the road near the Central bus stand. The agitators were led by the CPI national council member A.M. Gopu, CPI district secretary Indrajit, CPI-M district secretary Sridhar and CITU district secretary Raja.

Left cadre were also arrested at places such as Tiruverambur, Lalgudi, Mannachanallur, Manapparai, Musiri and Uppiliapuram when they squatted on the road to express their protest against the Centre's failure to control the prices of essential commodities and demanding a ban on online trading.

Police sources said all those arrested in the city and elsewhere in the district were released in the evening. Police personnel were deployed in various places within the city and elsewhere in the district as a precautionary measure to prevent untoward incidents, the sources said.

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