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The residents of the area where the TASMAC shop had been relocated after formally petitioning the authorities and not getting any response whatsoever , staged a protest against the opening of the TASMAC shop at 10 am on the 11th of April, 2017. This protest went on peacefully till 4:30 PM when a local Member of the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Kanakaraj, who had taken part in the protest since 1 PM was safely escorted away by the police in a car that they had arranged for him. Once the MLA was escorted out of the protest, the local ADSP, Mr. Pandiarajan took charge and immediately ordered the police personnale present to use brutal force to disperse the hitherto non-violent protestors resulting in several of them sustaining injuries.

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