Pondy CPI to observe 'Black Day' Jun 6 on price hike

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Puducherry, Jun 2 (UNI) The Communist Party of India (CPI) here will observe a 'black day' on June six in response to the call by the party high command to protest price rise, Party State Secretary Na Ra Kalainathan said here today.

Addressing the press, Mr Kalainathan said demonstrations and processions carrying burning torches would be held at several centres in Puducherry and Karaikal Regions of the union territory.

Pointing out to the promise made by the Chief Minister on the floor of the House that a delegation would be taken to New Delhi in the first week of June remained unfulfilled, Mr Kalainathan urged Mr Rangasamy to expedite it.

Alleging the law and order situation in the union territory had deteroriated, Mr Kalainathan urged the administration to streamline the Police Department.

He accused some top police personnel of having nexus with anti-social elements and said they should be brought to the book.

Pointing out to the seizure of a large quantity of rectified spirit from Kuruvinatham, Mr Kalainathan said CPI Member R Viswanathan had already informed the Assembly of widespread illicit distillation in the area and the illicit liquor mafia was very strong.

The attack on the police team recenty proved Mr Viswanathan was right, he said and demanded the kingpin should be arrested under the National Security Act and his properties attached.

Stating an artificial scarcity was being created here for petrol and diesel, Mr Kalainathan said the administration should take steps to ensure the free supply of fuel.

The department concerned should also check whether the full quota of fuel for Puducherry was reaching here and the consumers getting it without difficulty.

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