Madurai: The members of Moovendar Munnetra Kazhagam and All India Forward Bloc of Tamil Nadu conducted a protest on Wednesday in Madurai. The protest which took place in front of the statue of Tamil political figure Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar demanded the re-naming of the Madurai airport after him, stated news agency ANI. The airport is currently known as Madurai International airport.

Meanwhile, shops in some parts of Madurai remained closed on Wednesday following a bandh call given by Thevar ‘Peravai’ (federation) to press their charter of demands. The demands included the naming the Madurai airport after the freedom-fighter. Police said that the protest did not create disruptions to the normal life. Over 2,000 police personnel were deployed insensitive areas, including the airport, to monitor the situation, they added.

Police arrested forty people for attempting to block the Vaigai express when it was about to leave the Madurai station at 6.30 AM on Wednesday, police said. A large number of people gathered in front of the Thevar statue at Goripalayam and staged a demonstration. They later dispersed.

U Muthuramalingam Thevair, an icon in the Tamil Nadu politics, was responsible for the construction of a federal socialist India. In 1968, Thevar was posthumously honoured by the then state government by establishing a college after him. The state also included his biography in the school textbooks. Besides, the cemetery of Thevar was converted into a memorial and his life-size portrait has been displayed in the state assembly.

(With Agency inputs)