But normal life was largely unaffected in Tamil Nadu although reports reaching here said that shops were closed in Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Villupuram, Mettur and in some other places where the PMK wields influence.
PMK activists squatted on rail tracks at several places in Chennai and were taken into custody.
Tragedy struck a party member at Dindivanam station when he climbed atop a train engine.
A railway official told IANS that the person did not touch the high power cable above him but was close enough to get electrocuted.
Wednesday's PMK-called shutdown came a day after Tamil groups held protests in Chennai against the holding of Indian Premier League matches to express their anger over what they say is the Modi government's failure vis-a-vis the Cauvery dispute.
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