A third year law college student, who was arrested for launching an indefinite fast on Monday demanding closure of all liquor shops in the State and freed later, continued her protest on Tuesday as well.
The student, A Nandhini, has now started getting support for her fast agitation from some more persons, including a student of Loyola College, Chennai and Makkal Mathuvilaku Iyakkam SK Sasiperumal.
Nandhini said liquor was ruining lives of many people and it has badly affected the womenfolk, who have lost their husbands to this ‘killer drink’. She further said most of her classmates were always found talking only about the harrowing experiences in their families that was caused due to liquor consumption habit.
“Several representations to the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation has been made, however officials cite that it is state policy that makes the key decisions. This forced me to launch the fast agitation to draw the attention of the government to this issue,” she added.
Joe Britto from Loyola College, Mohan of Joy Jothi Polytechnic, Madurai and Marudu of SVN College, Madurai, have joined Nandhini in the fast protest. Sasiperumal, who was at the fast venue, said sadly, recent movies encourage this act.
Nandhini, who was arrested on Monday, was later released. However she decided to continue her struggle for the second day.
In December last, she staged a similar protest condemning the power cuts in the State.