An eye-witness account from Coimbatore
Migrant workers from North India in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, blocked roads and broke the new curfew demanding that food, shelter and sanitary facilities be provided to them. The local administration made vain attempts to disperse them; talk and promises to make the necessary arrangements failed. The city police resorted to charging with lathis (metal covered batons) to disperse the crowds. Once dispersed, police distributed food packets in an effort to temporarily subdue the situation and promised regular supplies to the area.