Jallikattu protests turn violent in Chennai

RSTV Bureau

The week-long pro-Jallikattu protest at Chennai’s Marina Beach turned violent on Monday after early morning crackdown by the police on scores of protesters, demanding a permanent solution for holding of the bull taming sport.

Violence is being reported in parts after Jallikattu protesters refused to vacate the beach following police orders. Police blocked all the roads leading to the beach to stop the inflow of protestors joining ongoing agitation in the beach area.

Chennai City Police evicted the pro-Jallikattu protesters at Marina beach on Monday morning, which has been the enter of protests for the last six days.

Students gathering to protest against Union Government and against the ban on Jallikattu, in Coimbatore on Wednesday, 17 January 2017.

Students gathering to protest against Union Government and against the ban on Jallikattu, in Coimbatore on Wednesday, 17 January 2017.

In a statement released during the early hours of the day, the authorities requested the “participants to leave the Marina in the same peaceful and disciplined manner.”

Meanwhile, protests were called off in Coimbatore, Tiruchi and Ramanathapuram after the state government announced that all colleges and schools will resume functioning from Monday.

Amid protests in various parts of Tamil Nadu, the bull taming sport- Jallikattu was organised in several districts on Sunday after an ordinance allowing the sport was issued.  The ordinance makes a Tamil Nadu-specific exception in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

Two persons were killed and scores injured during Jallikattu held on Sunday in the shadow of widespread protests as an ordinance failed to end the six-day -long agitation with Chief Minister O Panneerselvam forced to make a retreat without inaugurating the main event at Alanganallur following demand for a permanent resolution.

Protesters at Alanganallur in Madurai, however, refused to conduct the sport, steadfast in their demand for a “permanent solution” to ensure un-hindered annual conduct of the sport. Panneerselvam, who had announced that he would inaugurate Jallikattu at Alanganallur, had to stay back in a hotel in Madurai following the stir there.

Later, he was expected to inaugurate Jallikattu at Natham Kovilpatti in Dindigul. However, there were protests there too, raising the same demand.