Published On : Fri, Jan 20th, 2017

Stalin, Kanimozhi among DMK leaders held for staging rail roko

Chennai: Scores of DMK workers, including the party’s working secretary M K Stalin, were today detained for staging rail roko on the Jallikattu issue, even as protesters stayed put at Marina beach in Chennai and elsewhere in Tamil Nadu notwithstanding the chief minister’s assurance that an ordinance for conduct of the sport will be issued soon.

Stalin, also Opposition leader in the Tamil Nadu assembly, was detained along with scores of supporters when he staged a rail blockade at the Mambalam railway station. Other DMK leaders, including party MP Kanimozhi and former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran, as also senior leaders, participated in the state-wide rail roko held by the party.

As some traders bodies and unions had given a strike call for today in support of Jallikattu, a large number of shops and business establishments remained shut in the state. A large number of autorickshaws also kept off the roads across Tamil Nadu, even as fewer buses plied.

The film industry also embarked on a silent protest, with both actors and actresses wearing black outfits.