Kathiramangalam villagers plan to surrender ration cards

With, Kathiramangalam village turning to normalcy after the district collector held talks with them, villagers organised a meeting on Wednesday and decided to surrender their voters ID, Aadhaar and ration cards as a mark of protest demanding to release the arrested protesters by July 8.
People participate in the meeting in Kathiramangalam
People participate in the meeting in Kathiramangalam


On Wednesday, Ganeshwaran, tashildar of Tiruvidaimarudur, visited Kathiramangalam and requested the traders to open the shops. 
However, they made it clear to the official that only when those arrested were released, the shops would not be opened and there would be no scope for talks till then. But, as discussed in the peace talks by the collector, the number of police personnel put on vigil at the village was reduced. 
Over 350 villagers who assembled at the Mariamman temple discussed and decided to hand over their Aadhaar cards, ration cards and voter id cards to the revenue officials on July 8, if those detained were not released by July 7. They also wanted the cases registered against the villagers to be withdrawn. 
They wanted ONGC to keep off their projects from their village. Members of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) led by Tamizhini, the state secretary of the party, staged a protest demonstration before the Block Development Office of Tiruppanandal demanding ONGC to move out of Kathiramangalam and release the arrested  protesters.

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