As students of several colleges poured out on to the streets on Monday to protest against the Sri Lankan Government for alleged war crimes, traffic in several parts of Chennai came to a halt. From Parrys Corner in the north to Guindy in the south and the arterial Anna Salai were barricaded to ensure free movement of student protestors to YMCA in Nandanam.
"I took more than an hour to just come out of Broadway," said R Ezhilarasi, who was travelling in a car. The police stopped traffic flow for more than an hour, causing traffic jams in across the city. The Saidapet bus stand on Anna Salai was unusually devoid of buses. Commuters were left in the lurch as they had no clue about when bus services would resume.
"I was waiting for the bus for at least 45 minutes and neither the police nor the time keeper at the bus stop bothered to update us on the situation," said Babu. To add to the traffic blocks and congestion, curious motorists abandoned their bikes on the road to find out what was causing the commotion. Police sources said close to 350 students were picked up from near the Raj Bhavan in the city where they had sat to protest and other venues and were detained at the YMCA.