Over 2,500 DMK workers were arrested today from Coimbatore, Tirupur and Nilgiris districts when they tried to stage picketing in front of ration shops over alleged non-availability of PDS items in these districts.

The workers, including party Singanallur MLA, N Karthik, former minister Pongalur N Palanisamy,district secretaries and local leaders raised slogans in front of different ration shops in and the city.

Nearly, 1,050 party workers were arrested from the city, police said, adding DMK activists were also arrested at Pollachi, Mettupalayam, Sulur in the district.

Tirupur, having 200 rations shops, also saw protests by DMK workers, among them a large number of women.

DMK young wing secretary S Swaminathan led the picketing in Vellakoil in the district, About 1000 workers were arrested in that district, they said.

In Nilgiris district, protests were held in front of 75 of a total of 200 shops and 600 party workers were arrested, police said.