Coimbatore, Apr 8 (PTI): About 200 students, youth and members of the public today extended support to the farmers agitating in New Delhi by staging a day-long protest here.
A group of youths and students, who had rallied in support of Jallikkattu three months ago, called for the demonstration to express solidarity with the farmers, who have been protesting in the national capital for over 20 days, pressing for total waiver of bank loans, among other things.
About 50 persons were present at the start of the protest and the number swelled to nearly 200 by afternoon, even as a group observed a fast to show their support, police said.
The protesters held aloft placards, seeking support to the farmers, who provide food to the world.
Meanwhile, 12 persons, belonging to Tamilar Ilangar Ani (Tamil Youth Front), a little known outfit, were arrested when they attempted to stage a demonstration in front of the BJP office here, to protest the Centre’s ‘negligent’ attitude towards farmers’ issues, police said.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.