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The News Minute | March 15, 2015 | 05.20 pm IST A day after the Madras High Court directed the government to shift Traffic Ramaswamy to a super speciality hospital, a candlelight protest was held in Chennai over the activist’s arrest. Held at Velachery on Sunday, the protest was attended by the public which joined in their condemnation in the manner in which 82 year-old Traffic Ramaswamy was arrested early Thursday morning. Organised by Tamil Nadu Poor and Middle Class People's Welfare Association, the group has worked with Ramaswamy closely in the past over legal cases. “We provide legal help to the poor and the middle class,” said VS Lingaperumal, state president of the association. He said that the the public too had participated in the protest voicing out that the arrested activist who is currently recuperating in a hospital must be released. “It is wrong. For normal people, they are giving summons. They are doing an investigation. But for him, they are arresting him after midnight. They are not allowing him to wear his shirt,” he said. “Not only is he a senior citizen, he is also a well-known activist. There is something else involved,” he said. Protest over Traffic Ramaswamy's arrest The activist was admitted in a government hospital after his health detoriated after he spent a night in the Puzhal jail. Then, the Madras High Court directed a transfer to the super speciality hospital questioning the need to arrest the senior activist early in the morning over a petty complaint. The police arrested Ramaswamy at 4 am following a complaint the previous day by a restaurant owner over complaints that the activist had threatened him.  Tamil Nadu personalities voiced their protest on the issue too. RJ Balaji who has been known to speak out on social issues wrote on his Facebook page," The unjustified arrest of Traffic Ramasamy and choosing not to react to d public anger following d arrest only shows tat TN police still lacks sensitivity and doesn't give a damn bout truth, humanity or even their own image for tat matter." Post by RJ Balaji. If Mr Ramaswamy had indeed caused damaged to someone else’s property, I dont agree with it. But yes he has tried to remove the pavement… — Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) March 15, 2015 Shops and encroachment on Pondy bazaar pavements each time without tiring. It was because of him that pedestrians got some space even if — Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) March 15, 2015 it didn’t last long. Shops continue to function on the platforms of Pondy bazaar despite the building made for their purpose — Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) March 15, 2015 None of us ask. But Mr Ramaswamy has worked tirelessly for Chennai. Again, I do not agree on damaging someone's car (if it is true). — Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) March 15, 2015 For all us nincompoops who chatter on Twitter about change in Chennai there has been one Traffic Ramaswamy who was doing his bit for real. — Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) March 15, 2015 Actor-politician Khushbu voiced her disapproval on Twitter questioning what was wrong with the government and the police by arresting the senior citizen,"It is crazy....why was the man #trafficramasamy complained about not arrested?" Read What is the need to arrest Traffic Ramaswamy at 4 am, questions Chennai judge Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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