Bharathiraja will lead a demonstration involving Tamil film artistes in Chennai on Sunday urging the Union government to immediately deploy CISF protection to the Mullaiperiyar dam.
Talking to journalists in Chennai on Friday, Bharathiraja, a native of Theni district, explained how the dam had benefited the district and farmers were able to turn dry land into fertile fields.
“This will all go and the areas will become a desert,” he said, recalling how many families, including his, would migrate to other parts of the State in search of work before the dam started irrigating the district.
Organized on behalf of ‘May 17 Movement’, an NGO, the protest will take place at the Marina and will also demand arrest of persons who had allegedly attacked Tamils in Kerala in a fallout of the controversy and ensuring Tamil Nadu’s rights over the dam.
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