Kollywood stars hold day-long hunger strike

Kollywood stars hold day-long hunger strike

Unmindful of the objections by agitating students and youths over their participation in the Jallikattu stir, the film fraternity observed a day-long fast on the issue.

Under the banner of Nadigar Sangam, film stars Rajinikanth, Ajith, Suriya and Dhanush participated in the silent protest. The actors wore black shirts and avoided mikes or loudspeakers in the premises.

Security was beefed at the venue, where only bonafide members of the association were allowed to take part in the strike. Rajinikanth arrived at 11 am and was seated in the front row, interacting with a few fellow actors.

Representatives from various trade bodies like the Cinematographers Union, Film Employees Federation of South India, Directors Association and small screen artistes participated.

Lawyers also joined the stir on Friday by boycotting courts, after calls by organisations like the Madras High Court Advocates Association.

Meanwhile, the statewide strike call by trade unions and industry associations affected life across Tamil Nadu.

Roads wore a deserted look in many districts, including Chennai, as shops, hotels and business establishments were closed to express solidarity with the agitating Jallikattu supporters.

 More than four lakh lorries stayed off the roads, hurting the transport of essential commodities like vegetables and milk.

Except for a few government buses, autos, private buses, share autos and call taxies stayed off the roads, putting public to hardship.

Suburban train services in Chennai were partially hit as the Opposition DMK held a rail roko. For the second consecutive day, schools and colleges were closed, with  universities postponing their exams by a week.

However, government milk supply and bank services remained unaffected.

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