Coimbatore: Tamil actor-director and founder-president of Naam Tamizhar Katchi (NTK), Seeman, was arrested on Monday along with 300 of his partymen at Walayar on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border for picketing the road demanding that the Centre immediately find a solution to the Mullaperiyar dam dispute.
Seeman picketed the Palakkad-Coimbatore highway alongwith his partymen. Raising slogans against the Kerala government, nearly 1,000 NTK workers demanded that the neighbouring state implement the Supreme Court verdict allowing Tamil Nadu to increase the storage capacity of the dam to 142 ft.
Traffic was disrupted for nearly three hours and security arrangements had been to meet any eventuality, police said.
In addition to the NTK partymen, police said, about 130 workers of Socialist Democratic Party of India were arrested at the city railway station when they attempted to stage a “rail roko” to protest the Kerala’s government’s stand over the Mullaperiyar dam issue.
The protestors attempted to enter the station and block Kerala-bound trains, but were prevented from doing so, police said.