Chennai, Apr 11: A Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) worker was on Wednesday killed after he came in contact with high voltage electric wire when he climbed on top of an electric locomotive at Tindivanam railway station during protest over demand of for Cauvery Management Board (CMB). Another worker walking ahead of him is said to be critically injured.
Earlier in the day, PMK workers had stopped a train at Chennai Egmore railway station as a part of the protest. The PMK has called for the shutdown demanding that the Central government constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee (CWRC).
On Sunday, DMK leader MK Stalin had said his party will extend support to the shutdown called by the PMK on April 11. It will also stage black flag protests during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on April 12.
In a statement issued, Stalin said PMK founder S Ramadoss had requested the support of all political parties for the strike.
IPL Match Marred by Protests
On Tuesday, the protest over demand of Cauvery Board Management targeted the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
As per reports, Tamil film industry celebrities like Karunas, Bharathiraja and director Gawthaman were arrested during the protests. The police also arrested three people for shouting slogans and two others for throwing shoes at CSK player Faf du Plessis.
Soon after the protest took a violent turn as five protesters tried self immolation in front of the stadium main gate. They were taken away by the police. Agitators even burnt yellow jerseys, the attire of Chennai Super Kings players.
The Supreme Court on 16 February reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water from 177.25 thousand million cubic feet (TMC), which was less than the 192 TMC allocated by a tribunal in 2007, while Karnataka’s share of water was increased by 14.75 TMC.
The court also ordered the Central government to set up the Cauvery Management Board within six weeks of its order, but the government failed to do so within the deadline that ended on 29 March.
Following this, the DMK and its allies have been holding protests in Tamil Nadu.
(Inputs from agencies)