Twelve activists of the Puducherry Students Federation (PSF) were arrested when they pelted stones on the office of Doordarshan Kendra here, protesting against the channel’s “inadequate” coverage of the anti-Lanka agitation. Earlier, the activists attempted to picket the office.
PSF leader Saminathan said that the agitation was to condemn DD’s non-telecast of the Channel Four documentaries on the atrocities on Tamils in the Island Nation and the alleged human rights violations by the Sri Lankan forces.
The activists marched towards the DD office at Indira Nagar and tried to gain entry into the premises.
The DD staff argued with the PSF activists after which the officials locked the gates.
Meanwhile, some of the activists pelted stones on the office building, breaking the window panes. Following this, 12 of them were arrested and cases were registered against four of them, including Saminathan, for damaging property. They were remanded to custody.
Meanwhile, the staff of the electricity department staged a demonstration at the Ouppalam office, protesting against the alleged assault on one of their staff while replacing a high tension wire near Lawspet area on Thursday.
The staff alleged that that a few youth assaulted the employee while he was on duty and demanded the arrest of the culprits.