Activist Piyush Manush, part of the Salem Citizen's Forum, was arrested under charges of criminal intimidation when he chained himself to a road-roller on Friday to protest the construction of Mulvadi bridge.
He is currently in police custody. "We have submitted a bail petition today and the Magistrate court has postponed the hearing to tomorrow. We are confident of him getting bail," said Vijayan a member of the Forum.
Manush chained himself to the road-roller along with two others as the first day of construction began for the Mulvadi bridge. They alleged that due procedure was not followed.
Swifter than ever, the police reached the spot and arrested them under three charges – disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant, Punishment for wrongful restraint, wrongful confinement and criminal intimidation, a non-bailable offence.
The Mulvadi bridge will be built over a railway crossing, but will only allow one-way traffic. Manush and the forum suggested an alternative that will allow two-way traffic.