Minutes after a Special Court in Bangalore found AIADMK Supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa guilty in the disproportionate assets case, enraged party workers hit the streets and went on the rampage pelting stones at buses and damaging public properties across the state.
Police sources said a government bus was burnt by the protesting AIADMK workers at Kancheepuram after asking the passengers to alight.
Shops and hotels were closed in several parts of the state as a preventive measure fearing backlash from the AIADMK workers.
Soon after the court pronounced its verdict, normal life was affected in Chennai city as shops and business establishments in many areas downed their shutters in a majority of the areas. Some of the private firms have declared an early holiday and asked the staff to go home early.
Tension ran high in front of Ms Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence, where furious AIADMK supporters staged a protest demonstration and burnt effigies of DMK President M Karunanidhi and his photographs.
They also tore the photographs of Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, the main complainant in the case, and also berated it. They also shouted slogans denouncing the two leaders.
Later, a group of workers, pelted stones at Dr Swamy’s house in the city. However, acting swiftly, police chased them away. Tension also prevailed in front of Mr Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram residence as the workers of both the parties jostled with each other, creating panic.
A group of AIADMK men tried to march towards his residence shouting slogans leading to tension. Police had a tough time in controlling them. Bus services were also hit in some parts of the city and shops were vandalised.
Inter-State bus services between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were also hit as buses from Bangalore were stopped at the border as a preventive measures. Similarly bus services from Kerala were also affected.
Reports from various districts, including Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Cuddalore, Tirunelveli and Vellore said AIADMK workers staged a road roko agitation prompting the shopkeepers to down the shutters.
The AIADMK workers also pelted stones at buses damaging them. Incidents of stoning of buses has been reported from nearly 20 places across the state. police quoting initial reports, said.
A report from Madurai said vehicular traffic came to a grinding halt while majority of shops downed their shutters disrupting normal life in Southern Districts of Tamil Nadu.
Reports said angered over the court verdict, the AIADMK men resorted to road roko and railroko agitations in various places, triggering tense situation. Stones were pelted at a few shops.
As the Tamilnadu State Transport Corporation and private operators’ halted bus services owing to tense situation, passengers bound for various destinations were stranded in Southern districts.
In Madurai, the ruling party men and women were seen demonstrating on the roads. Irate AIADMK men burnt the photographs and effigies of DMK Patriarch M.Karunanidhi at several places.
Police have stepped up security measures and patrolling to prevent any untoward incidents. Security was given to the houses of senior DMK leaders.
Police protection was given to the residence-cum-office of BJP Leader Subramanian Swamy in Madurai.
A report from Coimbatore said hundreds of AIADMK activists resorted to road roko here this afternoon in the busy Avinashi Road condeming the Bangalore Court verdict against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and others.
Police said all the shop were closed as soon as the news spread about the conviction of the Chief Minister.
Skeletal bus services were operted and so far no major untoward incident was reported from the district,police added.
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