Coimbatore: About 350 activists including
college students and workers of various political parties were
arrested on Monday for allegedly attempting to stage picketing at
the railway station and Central government offices in the
city, demanding cancellation of death sentence to the three
convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
The activists, belonging to various political parties
including MDMK, PMK, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and Naam
Tamilar Katchi, marched towards the city railway station as
part of their plan to block trains. However, police said they
were prevented from entering the premises and arrested.
Though a few workers managed to break the tight security
cordon and squatted on the railway track, they were also
arrested, police said.
Two batches of Government Law College students and students
of some other colleges attempted to stage picketing in front
of Regional Passport Office and Income Tax Office, but were
taken into custody, police said.
Some activists raised slogans against the Central
Government and urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa
to take steps to commute the death sentence of Santhan,
Murugan and Perarivalan, who are undergoing prison term for
the past 20 years.
Elaborate security arrangements were made in and around
the city, following the decision of the activists to picket
Central government offices.
Meanwhile, three persons belonging to Dalit Viduthalai
Katchi were arrested, when they attempted to stage a rail roko
at the railway station in nearby Tirupur, police added.