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TAMBARAM: Traders, supported by members of the public, staged a demonstration on Medavakkam Main Road on Monday evening protesting the action of a traffic policeman, who earlier in the day poured phenyle on fish meant for sale. About a dozen fish vendors have stalls near the bus stop at Kovilambakkam for more than a decade. Last week, traffic policemen asked them to shift to another location as their shops hindered free flow of traffic. The vendors asked for a fortnight's time and had also approached Kovilambakkam Village Panchayat authorities for an alternative site.
On Monday, Balasubramanian, police inspector attached to Madipakkam Traffic, came to the spot. He had asked the fish vendors to vacate the spot immediately. When the vendors said they could not leave immediately, the inspector asked his vehicle driver to buy a few bottles of phenyle. He opened the bottles and emptied the chemical substance on the fish meant for sale and left the spot.
As news about the incident spread, other traders came to the spot. With support from local residents, they squatted on Medavakkam Main Road and staged a protest. Policemen from Madipakkam and Pallikaranai police stations reached the spot and pacified the protesters.
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