VELLORE: Relatives and neighbours of the victims who died in the explosion in Bharathi Fire Works squatted on Gudiyattam-Vellore Road around 1.30 pm after trying to stop the Collector’s car, which they had spotted, to air their grievance.
The Collector, R Nanthagopal, however, did not stop his car inspite of the group signalling him to do so.
The relatives and neighbours then resorted a road-block for nearly 15 minutes.
Superintendent of police, P K Senthil Kumari and other revenue officials heading toward Gudiyattam stopped and heard the pleas of the family members of the victims.
The protestors demanded stern action against the owner of the firecracker factory and sought compensation for the victims’ family members.
After assurance from the senior revenue officials and the superintendent of police, they withdrew their protest and dispersed from the spot.