[AI] Police remove visually challenged protesters

Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Sun Sep 30 04:36:09 EDT 2007

Somehow, I am not for these protests. Energy spent for such activities
can be channelised for something better. We don't gain much attention
from politicians as our votes are not going to decisively change the way
politics is run in this country. And unless we hold that decisive
position in the group of voters, I don't think much can be achieved
through these protests, except bad treatment by police.


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Police remove visually challenged protesters

Ananth Krishnan
- Photo: S.S. Kumar

Voicing demands: A visually challenged person being forced to get into a
bus at the Kodambakkam bridge in Chennai on Friday. 

CHENNAI: The police forcibly removed blind protesters in three different
areas of the city and detained them for several hours on Friday, as
student groups and activists for the visually challenged continued their
agitation urging the State Government to consider their '15-point
charter of demands.' 
Their demands include increased financial assistance for graduate and
postgraduate students and reservation of five seats in government and
government-aided colleges. 
Protesters at the Kottivakkam overbridge said that police had "slapped"
them and used lathis to load them in buses while breaking up the
protest. Police officials, however, denied the charges, saying that they
only removed the protesters, with traffic being disrupted for more than
one hour. 
Sixteen fasting students were taken to the Government Royapettah
hospital, but they refused the intravenous treatment offered to them.
Around 200 protesters gathered in Kottivakkam, and several others in
Mylapore and Triplicane. 
Student groups for the visually challenged have been protesting and
organising fasts across Tamil Nadu for three days. 
The groups have also asked the authorities to relax the norms for
pension eligibility for visually challenged employees, as well as extend
the special vehicle allowance provided for physically handicapped
persons to the visually challenged.
Murugesan, a member of the College Students and Graduate Association of
the Blind, told The Hindu that they would call off their protest if they
were allowed to convey their demands directly to the Chief Minister.

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