Environmental activist Piyush Manush was arrested for allegedly instigating people to oppose the Salem- Chennai green corridor project. Student activist Valarmathi was arrested as she too attempted to do the same.
She reportedly told people that execution of the project of the proposed green corridor would not be of any use to the common man and would only destroy the natural wealth of the western belt and would be a severe blow to the livelihood of farmers. She accused the government of making the police intimidate farmers and residents who opposed the project. When the police arrived and directed her to leave the village, she refused and began to shout slogans. Hence she was arrested and taken away.