CPI(M) workers held for protesting Modi's visit to TN

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Chennai, Jan 14 (UNI) Over 250 workers of CPI(M), an ally of the DMK-led DPA in Tamil Nadu, were arrested when they staged a protest demonstration opposing the visit of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi here today.

Police said over 150 CPI(M) workers were arrested near the Collectorate, where the agitation was led by CPI(M) Legislator Mahendran.

The activists carrying placards and displaying ''skulls'' denounced Mr Modi for allegedly killing more than 2000 innocent people in Godhra and said he should not step into the city with his ''blood stained hands''.

They also criticised AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa for hosting a lunch in his honour.

Similarly 125 workers, including 20 women, were arrested for staging a demonstration in front of Panagal Maligai at Saidapet.

Various Muslim organisations, had also launched agitations for the last two days, opposing his visit to the city.

A conglomerate of 12 organisations including political parties like VCK, Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath and Periyar Dravida Kazhagam, had threatened to lay siege to Kamarajar Arangam, where Mr Modi is scheduled to participate in a function.

Over 200 activists of VCK, led by MLA Selvam, and activists of Manitha Neethi Paasarai and Periyar Dravida Kazhagam were arrested yesterday for agitating against the Gujarat Chief Minister's visit.

However, they were released later.

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