The violence in Chennai is continuing over Jallikattu row. Fresh violence stirred as the police attacked protesters. Even after the Tamil Nadu assembly passed a bill to allow Jallikattu, the protest hasn’t stopped.
In the afternoon, the Tamil Nadu assembly at a special session unanimously passed an amendment bill to perform the sport without any difficulty. This amendment replaced the ordinance which promulgated two days ago to allow Jallikattu.
The government sent retired Justice D Hariparanthaman to brief the ordinance to the 10,000 protesters gathered on the beach. Around 6 pm, the protesters stopped the protest, though around 500 students continued the protest on the beach.
On Monday, police tried to evict almost 10,000 protesters from Marina Beach. Over hundred people were injured and several vehicles were burnt. The police action caused turmoil across the state.
15 people were injured in police lathicharge in Alanganallurnear Madurai. Police have taken several people into custody. Deputy Commissioner of police S Lakshmi was injured in stone pelting at Gandhipuram bus stand in Coimbatore. Also, in Erode the activists ransacked a beverage vehicle.
To prevent more protesters from reaching Marina Beach, authorities activated cellphone jammers on Beach Road and blocked the arterial roads.
The violence grew stronger in the nearby slums. At around 11:30 am they burnt the Ice House police station. They were setting the vehicles on fire. Police hit back with tear gas shells. Teenagers and youngsters threw burning tyres at police.
In the other places, such as Trichy, Salem, Ariyalur, Virudhunagar and Perambalur, the activists called off protests by noon with the involvement of local police.
Police said around thousand officials from the Tamil Nadu special battalions and commando wing started the eviction around 7 am.
An officer stated, “Things went out of control when a group started running towards the sea, threatening suicide. Several hundred followed them. While a section of protesters were removed successfully, over 2,000 formed a human chain along the shore line to stop us.”
During the Jalikattu event in Pudukottai district, a 30-year-old man suffered serious injuries. Later he died at the hospital on Monday.
The enraged mob threw petrol bombs at policemen at Bharathi Salai. At Parthasarathy temple arch and Nedukuppam the protesters set vehicles on fire. They used petrol from the vehicles to make fuel bombs.