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Cauvery Row: DMK's Stalin Joins Farmers Protests; Opposition Stages Rail Roko

Opposition parties including the DMK joined a state-wide rail blockade protest announced by a farmer's federation over the Cauvery issue, urging the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).


Updated:October 17, 2016, 11:26 AM IST

Chennai: Farmer's federation on Monday announced a 48-hour 'Rail Roko' agitation urging the Centre to set up the Cauvery Management Board (CMB), with principle opposition party DMK's MK Stalin participating in the protests that were held in different parts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai and the Cauvery delta districts.

Stalin led a procession at Perambur while scores of other political workers belonging to DMK, the Left parties and MDMK among others staged a rail roko at Thanjavur and Cuddalore, and were detained.

Clashes were reported between the DMK workers and police during the stir.

A farmers' federation had called for the two-day rail blockade starting on Monday, urging the Centre to immediately constitute the CMB.

These protests come days after a high-level technical team, set up by the Supreme Court, completed its inspection of Cauvery basin region in Tamil Nadu to assess the situation in the state.

The team, which also inspected the Cauvery basin in Karnataka, is set to submit its report in the apex court on Monday.

The Supreme court had set up the team while hearing a petition by Tamil Nadu government seeking release of Cauvery water by Karnataka.

(With inputs in PTI)

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