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Cauvery issue: Tamil outfit warns of intensifying protests

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

After leading anti-protests in the backdrop of the Cauvery issue last week, pro-Tamil outfit (TVK) today warned of intensifying its agitation, including holding protests at the Marina here.

TVK chief T Velmurugan also warned of disrupting water supply to an aluminium company owned by as well to that of Southern Railway, as part of his outfit's intensified protests urging the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).

also operates Sterlite Copper in district.

Locals have been demanding the closure of the smelter plant, citing health concerns.

Speaking to reporters here, Velmurugan said as part of the Cauvery protests, TVK has planned to hold agitations at Marina beach, provided it was permitted by the court and the police.

Following massive pro-Jallikattu protests at Marina last year which ended on a violent note, police have banned any kind of protests or demonstrations.

The is presently looking into a petition filed by farmers' leader P Ayyakannu seeking direction to the city police to permit him to stage a hunger strike for 90 days at Marina, demanding constitution of CMB.

Velmurugan said, "If permission is provided by the court and police, we will stage protest (on CMB) without disturbing the public."

His party could move the court on the matter, he said.

However, in the event of his party not getting a permission, he warned of staging another protest, elsewhere in district.

He claimed that water was supplied from the Mettur reservoir to company Malco, and threatened to disrupt its supply to the aluminium plant if the CMB was not immediately constituted.

further alleged that underground water was being drawn from the Palar river to be supplied for Railways and threatened to disrupt its supply over CMB.

Earlier, TVK was among the pro-Tamil outfits that had wanted the fixtures to be transferred out of this city in in view of the raging Cauvery protests.

Velmurugan had earlier said that his party would let loose snakes, which are not poisonous, into the if another match was held at the venue here.

"If the IPL match is held on April 20 in Chennai as per schedule, I will hold the snake protest. I will let snakes into the stadium. There is no change in it," he had said last week.

His party workers had also picketed the MA Chidambaram Stadium hours before the first IPL tie here on April 10 between CSK and KKR, even as protests were held later that day by other outfits also.

Following the February 16 verdict, Tamil Nadu has been insisting that the court's order to the Centre to formulate a "scheme" referred to the setting up of the CMB and the (CWRC).

The government has recently moved the top court, seeking contempt action against the Centre for its "failure" to frame the scheme for the constitution of the CMB and the CWRC within six weeks from February 16.

The court had, last week, asked the Centre to frame a draft Cauvery management scheme and file it by May 3 for the implementation of its order on water distribution.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 14:35 IST