CHENNAI: Demonstrations, fasts and other forms of protest continued in Chennai and its suburbs on Monday, condemning the arrest of AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa.
In Sholinganallur, the AIADMK cadre took out processions demanding the immediate release of Jayalalithaa. They burned effigies of DMK chief M Karunanidhi and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy.
AIADMK functionaries observed a fast at Sholinganallur, in which K P Kandan, MLA, and others took part. At Elliots Beach, fishermen observed a fast on a fibre boat which sported a black flag. Kanchipuram Fishermen Wing office- bearers took part in it.
Fishermen at Thiruvanmiyurkupam, Vuroorkuppam, Allkattikuppam and other villages did not go fishing.
In north Chennai, AIADMK functionaries, led by N Balaganga, observed a fast.
Puratchi Bharatham president Poovai Jeganmurthi and his cadre observed a fast at Valluvar Kottam.
Suicide Bid by Cop
Apparently dejected by the conviction of former CM J Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case, a 43-year-old police constable, identified as R Vel Murugan attached to Odaipatti Police station in Theni district, attempted self-immolation in front of the DGP office on Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, on Tuesday.
He had received a cash reward and certificate from the former CM in 2003. Also, he had held the Guinness and Limca records in jumping from helicopters into sea and into tanks with sand and water. After interrogation by Marina police, he was later handed over to a relative.