TIRUPUR / KRISHNAGIRI / NAMAKKAL / ERODE/SALEM: A day after the state witnessed protests over the court verdict, most districts returned to normal on Sunday. However, agitations continued in some parts and bus services and business activities were affected in some pockets.
In Tirupur, AIADMK cadre, led by youth wing secretary S Gunasekaran, vowed to wear black dress till Jayalalithaa was released from the prison. While partymen thronged the streets sporting black shirts, the women cadre activists came out clad in black sarees.
Another section of activists took to social networking site ‘WhatsApp’. The functionaries flooded the site with messages and photos expressing hope that their leader would prevail in the end.
Meanwhile in Krishnagiri, air of tension failed to clear with the cadre staging protests on streets, forcing police intervention.
Bus services that were suspended on Saturday following the verdict, to various parts of the State resumed at 8 am, shops and other establishment operated only till afternoon. However, the services were withdrawn in the afternoon when the AIADMK cadre staged protests at five junctions and asked the shopkeepers to down shutters.
On information, Superintendent of Police (SP) Kannammal along with a team rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. Later, the SP persuaded the cadre to disperse from the spot.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) resumed its services to the State in the afternoon. Heavy security cordon was created on the borders at Zuzuvadi in Tamil Nadu and Attibele in Karnataka as a precautionary measure.
In Erode, party workers, led by deputy mayor K C Palanisamy and party town secretary R Manoharan, walked a donkey across the city as a mark of protest and raised slogans against DMK chief M Karunanidhi, general secretary K Anbazhagan, treasurer MK Stalin and BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy. The protestores claimed that the case against AIADMK supremo was a false one.
Meanwhile in Salem, two persons were arrested for allegedly pelting stones at government buses on Saturday night. They were later remanded in prison.
The windshields of the buses were damaged in the incident, but no casualty was reported.
Normalcy returned to Namakkal district, where all commercial establishment functioned as usual and buses plied without any reports of untoward incidents from any part of the district.