Bus fare hike: Kovai college students demand rollback, Traders down shutters
Avinashi town wore a deserted look on Thursday as traders and commercial establishments downed their shutters. The usually busy area in Tirupur district was dull and there were very few people on the road. Police personnel were also deployed in large numbers to prevent any untoward incidents.
Students forcibly taken in a police vehicle in Coimbatore on Thursday
Since morning, more than 500 shops, hotels, bakeries and commercial establishments downed shutters in Avinashi and Attayampalayam areas. The shops had also stuck notices against the indiscriminate hike in bus fares.
The protest against the state government, which began with political parties was amplified by college students, and has now been intensified with public participation.
Student’s protest: College students, led by members of Students Federation of India (SFI) staged a road roko in front of Gandhipuram bus terminus demanding to roll back the fare hike. There was a mild tension as the students had a tussle with the police when they tried to bring the situation under control. Around 40 students were arrested and traffic was disrupted for a while on the busy stretch.
Similarly, over 50 members of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) staged a demonstration in front of the South Taluk Office in Race Course against hike in bus fare.