HC dismisses pleas for nod to stage protests
The Madras High Court has dismissed petitions seeking a direction to the police to permit protests in Chennai, Krishnagiri and Coimbatore on January 26.
Justice T.S. Sivagnanam said the police would find it hard to provide security to the protests as educational institutions and government offices would have various functions that day. The organisers could have their demonstration on some other date if they so desired. However, it was for the police to decide on the requests.
Petitioner Kovai Maavatta Puthiya Jananayaga Thozhilalar Munnani (workers front) had sought police permission to organise a dharna at Thudiyalur in Coimbatore to focus on the tragedy caused by the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak.