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Dec 06 2016 (07:50)  Madurai remains largely calm (www.thehindu.com)
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Dec 06 2016 (7:50AM)
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Madurai remained largely calm on Monday evening but normal life was affected for those who were travelling as most of the bus services were abruptly withdrawn. Only two stray incidents of stone pelting on buses were reported in Narimedu and Anna Nagar police station limits.
As soon as the news of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s deteriorating health started trickling, many of the shops in the city began downing the shutters. Panic button pressed by a few television channels late in the evening only mounted more tension among the common man and traders.
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minutes, most of the shops and commercial establishments, including eateries, cinema theatres and the ubiquitous tea-stalls were hurriedly closed down. Even the fruit market on the Vakkil New Street was deserted.
A few vehicles that were hurriedly rushing towards the destination in the evening dwindled to a fewer within few minutes as darkness set in.
Good number of police personnel were deployed in front of the Apollo Hospital at K.K. Nagar as a precautionary measure. Even the women staff were leaving earlier than their scheduled working time.
“Since there was news of bus services being withdrawn, we allowed the women staff to leave early,” a hospital employee said.
More passengers started rushing towards the Madurai railway junction with the hope of continuing their journey without any break. The queues at the booking counters were unusually longer.
“I had reserved a seat in an omni bus back to Chennai. But, I did not get any response to anxious phone calls made to the enquiry of the omni bus operator. Hence, I am now standing in the queue to get an unreserved ticket to somehow reach Chennai,” said T. Kanagaraj (23).
The IT professional had come to Rajapalayam on Saturday to attend his friend’s marriage.
Inside the station, the platforms were already crowded by 7 p.m. while the Pandian Superfast Express was scheduled to leave only at 8.40 p.m. The queue system for passengers to get into the unreserved tickets formed with their luggage was longer on Platform one.
Similarly, there was huge demand for the packed food sold on the platforms.
They were selling like hot cakes as panic-stricken people started buying multiple packets of food and water bottles fearing non-availability en route.
Meanwhile, the city police posted over 1,100 police officials and men at all arterial roads and important junctions, and crowded places.
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