COIMBATORE: As many as 38 cadres of CPI (Marxist-Leninist) were detained on Sunday for taking out a procession at in support of CPM members, who were arrested for opposing the Chennai-Salem eight-lane green corridor project.
“We had decided to take out processions from Coimbatore to Salem and from Villupuram to Salem with a slogan ‘save farming, save democracy’,” said M S Velmurugan, district secretary of CPI(ML).
However, police department denied them permission to take out the processions. Despite this, 75 cadres took out a procession at Periyanaickenpalayam, forcing police to detain them.
“During a recent hearing, the had questioned the state government about the need to use police force to control protests against the project. It also had directed the state government to focus on the needs of the public,” Velmurugan said, adding, “Instead of following the court’s direction, the state government is still using police force to supress protests against the project.”
Earlier on August 1, Salem, Dharmapuri, Thiruvannamalai, and Kancheepuram district secretaries of CPM had taken out a drive to create awareness among the people and farmers about the project. However, the state government stopped them using police force. “Cadres were also arrested, which is against democracy. Without listening to farmers, the central government has sped up the land acquisition process,” Velmurugan said.
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