October 7, 2016
Thanjavur: Renewed protests were reported against the Central government’s ‘betrayal’ of the state in not setting up the Cauvery Management Board. While the DMK cadre, led by party treasurer MK Stalin, are embarking on a day-long hunger strike in front the head post office in Thanjavur today, a group of activists, owing allegiance to Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK), created a flutter by climbing a 200 ft tall cell-phone tower. Another group attempted to burn the BJP flag at two different places in the town.
Subsequently, at least 10 persons were arrested in this connection.
Led by TVK’s south district secretary Ayyakannu, a group of four activists climbed atop a 200 ft high cell phone tower, erected by Reliance Company, near the new bus stand in Thanjavur and raised slogans condemning the BJP-led Central government for betraying Tamil Nadu in the Cauvery water issue.
On being informed, a team of police attached to Thanjavur Medical College police station rushed to the spot and persuaded the activists to climb down. Later, police arrested them.
In another incident, a group of six activists of TVK attempted to burn the BJP flag near the old bus stand in Thanjavur. They were led by the party’s north district secretary Prabhu. All the six activists were arrested by Thanjavur West police.