TN bandh over Cauvery: DMK leaders detained, industries shut

Chennai: DMK leaders M K Stalin and Kanimozhi were among several leaders detained today while staging protests in support of a shutdown called in Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery row as the dawn to dusk bandh called by farmers, traders and supported by the opposition over the issue evoked a mixed response in the state.

Meanwhile, a youth who had set himself on fire over the Cauvery issue yesterday, succumbed to injuries, police said.

The activist belonging to Naam Tamizhar Katchi had suffered over 90 per cent burns and died this morning.

"We were giving him all possible treatment. However, he suffered a cardiac arrest and despite our best efforts, he could not be revived," a senior hospital official told PTI.

Several establishments remained shut in Coimbatore, Tirupur and Nilgiris districts, affecting normal life, in response to the bandh call.

About 20,000 small and medium scale units in and around the city and over 30,000 garment factories in the textile hub of Tirupur also extended support to the bandh and downed shutters, according to reports.