Coimbatore: Protesting against the alleged foisting of cases of toddy tapping by police, more than 60 coconut farmers courted arrest on Monday after staging a demonstration near the District Collectorate here.
Thangaraj, who led the demonstration, alleged the government was trying to intimidate farmers who have held agitations in various places in the state since January 21 to demand removal of the ban placed on toddy tapping by foisting false charges on them.
Thangaraj said a farmer in Agurupalayam in Sulur municipality in Coimbatore had been charged for tapping and storing 150 litres of toddy whereas he had only 10 litres of toddy in his possession.
Toddy tapping and selling is banned in Tamil Nadu and coconut farmers are demanding the removal of the ban and permission to sell toddy across the state.
Thangaraj said that the tapping of toddy would continue, "despite the threat by the Government through police".