Chennai: The Coimbatore rural police on Thursday arrested DMK working president MK Stalin and hundreds of party members when he was going to chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s constituency to oversee a lake desilting work there.
DMK members desilted the Kacharayan lake in Edappadi assembly constituency in Salem district. Stalin reached Coimbatore airport from Chennai at 10am and was heading towards Salem when the police arrested him.
More than 200 police personnel, led by Coimbatore superintendent of police Pa Moorthy, had been waiting at Kaniyur toll plaza on the outskirts of Coimbatore. When Stalin’s car reached the toll plaza, the police stopped the vehicle.
The police didn’t allow Stalin to proceed to Salem district. Moorthy told Stalin that there was tension between AIADMK and DMK members in Salem over the desiliting of the lake. Stalin was sitting inside his car and the police held talks with him. Later, the police arrested him.
Hundreds of DMK members staged a road blockade at Kaniyur. They too were arrested. All of them were taken to a marriage hall near Kaniyur. Stalin was planning to lead a human chain protest against NEET at Salem on Thursday evening.