The demand of Cauvery river water and to protest against the violence committed against Tamilians has given a rise to a shutdown or bandh in Tamil Nadu called by the opposition leaders.
DMK leaders Stalin and his sister Kanimozhi were arrested as police tried to stop them from interpreting the rails and blocking the rocks in Chennai.
While the industries, including factories, IT companies, private and government offices were operating, people who have announced the bandh say that the loss due to the shutdown would be over Rs 20,000 crore since shops are shut and lorries are not operating.
The loss would be over Rs 20,000 crore due to the bandh since shops are shut and not operational. Though the industries, IT companies, including factories, government and private offices were open.
The bandh was called by traders, political parties, including the ruling party’s rival DMK, and other parties. Barring the ruling AIADMK party, which is silent on extending support to the strike, all other major political parties have extended their support.
The state government had said that public schools, transportation and state government offices would remain open and they remained open and were operating.
Most of the private schools have declared a holiday on Friday. There are about 18,000 private schools in Tamil Nadu.
While private petrol bunks were shut, outlets run by public sector companies were operating normally. There are around 4,500 privately owned fuel outlets.
Members of the Federation of Tamil Nadu Traders Association are also taking part in the shutdown.