After violence in Chennai, Tamil Nadu House passes Bill to allow Jallikattu

Several people were taken into custody — police were yet to specify the number of detentions or arrests made.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: January 24, 2017 6:31 pm
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Chennai was rocked by violence Monday after police moved to evict nearly 10,000 Jallikattu protesters from Marina Beach. Over a hundred people were reportedly injured and at least two police stations and several vehicles were burnt. The police action in Chennai led to unrest across the state, with police resorting to lathicharge in Coimbatore, Alanganallur near Madurai and Erode.

Several people were taken into custody — police were yet to specify the number of detentions or arrests made.

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In the afternoon, the Tamil Nadu assembly, at a special session, unanimously passed an amendment Bill to conduct the bull-taming sport without any hindrance, replacing an ordinance promulgated two days ago to allow Jallikattu.

jallikattu Policemen pulling and clearing the students during protest against urgent law passed for Jallikattu by State Government and Union Government in Coimbatore on Monday. (PTI Photo)

The government sent retired justice D Hariparanthaman, a popular judge due to his many orders in labour cases, to brief the nearly 10,000 gathered on the beach on the content of the ordinance. Shortly before 6 pm, the protest was called off, though around 500 students continued to be on the beach, fearing police action if they left the spot.

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Questioning the police action, one of the earliest protesters at the site, Chandra Mohan, said, “Police were aware of our decision to call off the protest on Monday once the Jallikattu Bill was passed by the assembly.” He said the police should be “ashamed” of the action against “peaceful protesters”.

Chandra Mohan claimed that some visuals showed police personnel setting fire to vehicles — a video did the rounds of social media but police said it was “morphed” and would be investigated.

jallikattu, jallikattu protests Protestors supporting Jallikattu, a traditional bull-taming ritual try to hold on to each other as police remove them from the Marina beach on the Bay of Bengal coast in Chennai. (PTI Photo)

Chennai Police Commissioner S George said the video would be subjected to “scientific investigation” and that “radical elements had infiltrated the group of protesters”.

At other places in Tamil Nadu, such as Salem, Trichy, Tirunelveli, Ariyalur, Perambalur and Virudhunagar, the protests were called off by noon with the intervention of local police.

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Police sources said they were taken by surprise by the resistance the protesters put up while being evicted from the Marina Beach. Around a thousand personnel from the Tamil Nadu special battalions and commando wing started the eviction around 7 am.

“Things went out of control when a group started running towards the sea, threatening suicide. Several hundreds followed them. While a section of protesters were removed successfully, over 2,000 formed a human chain along the shore line to stop us,” an officer said, saying they were later joined by fishermen and women.

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Police resorted to lathicharge and TV visuals of fishermen homes and old women being targeted sparked protests in other parts of the city. People blocked a dozen major roads leading to Marina Beach as well as Chennai city, and many more made their way from other areas to join the protesters.

An officer said that while they had blocked the roads by midnight prior to the operation, the crowds couldn’t be held back and they had to resort to lathicharge.

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In the assembly, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment), Act, 2017 was piloted by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and adopted by a voice vote. It was deemed to have come into effect on the day the ordinance was issued — January 21.

The Bill defines Jallikattu as an event involving bulls conducted with a view to following tradition and culture, from January to May, and includes similar events like ‘manjuviratu’, ‘vadamadu’ and ‘erudhuvidum’ festivals. The Bill says that considering the vital role of Jallikattu in preserving and promoting tradition and culture among people and also in view of ensuring the survival and continuance of native breeds of bulls, the “Government of Tamil Nadu has decided to exempt Jallikattu from the provisions of the PCA Act”.

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First Published on: January 24, 2017 4:30 am
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    Joke
    Jan 24, 2017 at 12:27 am
    Upload video of police setting fire to auto rickshaws, please.
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      Gnanasekaran
      Jan 24, 2017 at 4:59 am
      pathetic heading to the article, shows how irresponsible these media people are
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        Gination
        Jan 24, 2017 at 3:14 am
        Now do you agree Nandita Krishna, wife of Chinni Krishna is a BYATCH
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          Gination
          Jan 24, 2017 at 12:49 am
          Policemen detain students who were holding a PEACEFUL protest demanding a permanent solution for holding the Jallikattu.
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            Gination
            Jan 24, 2017 at 2:52 am
            Read this first:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Punnapra-Vayalar uprising (October, 1946) was a communist uprising in the Princely State of Travancore, British India against the Prime Minister, C. P. Ramaswami Iyer and the state.[1] Communist Party members were killed by the army of the Diwan (Prime Minister), 200 people at Punnapra on 24 October and more than 150 at Vayalar on 27 October. The total loss of life is allegedly estimated to be more than a thousand.[1]
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              Krishnan
              Jan 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm
              Wrong Headline, It hurts:(
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                Adu Idu
                Jan 24, 2017 at 3:09 am
                protesters were peaceful. IE wants to frame the subject as if protesteors initiated violence just like what politicians wanted!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;These makkal movement was conducted without incident for 5 days.lt;br/gt;they coulda done that first day itself. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So clearly political bosses sent in their goons on last day to create violence.lt;br/gt;and the video showing police torching public property shows GOVT actors also forcing police to frame protesters!lt;br/gt;Some democracy there!
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                  Madhu
                  Jan 24, 2017 at 4:02 am
                  le is misguided and I believe it's to create confusions... ordenence and the violence act has no connection as it was already said last week by CM that this would be a law on first meeting. the violence was fabricated by some antisocial elements and no parties claimed the responsibility.
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                    Aravind
                    Jan 24, 2017 at 12:37 pm
                    Indian Express stooping down to new lows!
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                      vc
                      Jan 24, 2017 at 4:23 am
                      The entire Jallikattu fad was a PLOY by Chinnamma and co. to DIVERT the attention of the people of TN from JJ's death mystery matter to something very MIVE so that our stupid people will completely forget the past and move on to something else. AND THEY SUCCEEDED as planned. Congrats Tamizhargale for falling a prey to it! And remember how it all started - with minor clashes and arrests among those communities. How the heck did you all think this was "legalized" in a matter of 2 weeks when the ban was there from 2014 and the partial opposition was from 2008?? IF JJ had been alive, this "legalization" would have happened eventually!
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                        ganeshan
                        Jan 24, 2017 at 5:13 am
                        This is nothing but politics. Playing with emotions of innocent tamils. All depends on supreme court. Congress Ministry of environment and Forest banned jallikattu in 2011. So what happened after 6 years. This is nothing but politics. With little regulation jallikattu can be pla. But congress is main culprit who banned it in 2010 and 2017. and now is watching from sidelines the fight of various political parties. Congress is the wickedest party in w world.
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                          AR
                          Jan 24, 2017 at 3:52 am
                          What kind of le is this? You are stating the Ordinance was ped because of violence?
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                            Jay Dinakar
                            Jan 24, 2017 at 1:39 am
                            As many know, JALLIKATTU is not a mere sport, it is a very meaningful tradition followed in w of India. lt;br/gt;The basic idea is : to select a good and healthy bull that is used for breeding good quality cows. India had more than 300 indigenous breeds of cows. Today not even 30 of them exist and all have become extinct., thanks to the Western countries that sent in Jersey cows that can yield good amount of milk, but much inferior to the milk of indigenous breeds. lt;br/gt;This a ploy of the Multinationals of the Western world, especially that of USA. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Jersey cow consumes 3 times the water of our Indian breeds. It is not suitable for water-starving India. The milk yiels may be very high compared to Indian breeds, but much inferior in quality. These cows are mainly used for meat in USA and the people do avoid their milk.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The ploy of MNCs are to destroy the remaining 30 indigenous breeds, so India will not have enough milk for the vast potion and these MNCs will have a big market for their trash milk or milk powder. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This JALLIKKATTU is a sport to choose strong and powerful bulls and they keep such good ones in their village temples. They use them for breeding in that village. They keep changing the bulls every three years, so they can continue to have health cows in their place. This was practised in w of India, but it survives only in Tamil Nadu. The MNCs want to somehow stop this JALLIKATTU for their long-term benefit.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The pro-JALLIKATTU- protest is for a good cause of preserving the age-old tradition. It is estimated that it was practised for more than 3000 years in India –as per inscriptions on stones – some of which are displa in the Main Museum in New Delhi.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This practice was banned by Central Govt under the pretext that it is cruelty to animals. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There is no cruelty involved in JALLIKATTU. The strong men, who are allowed to chase and catch the bulls carry no knives or any weapons and they chase the bull by their hump, and control them. They do not harm or kill them whatsoever. Actually the bull-fights of Spain or Mexico are very horrifying, scary and bloody.they kill the animal when they tame them. THAT IS CRUELTY - not JALLIKATTU
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                              Jay
                              Jan 24, 2017 at 5:58 pm
                              Editor forgot to add "Violence by police and intruded political parties".
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                                kishore
                                Jan 24, 2017 at 8:06 am
                                Then stop doing pooja of bull, before the event
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                                  suresh babu
                                  Jan 24, 2017 at 12:27 am
                                  TAMING BULL FOR 6 HOURS IS A SPORT NOT A TORTURE KILLING BULL FOR 6 DAYS, THIS SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD BY TRISHA AND HER MOTHER ALONG WITH RAMGOPALVARMA (RGV) WHO SHOULD CALL THE OFFICE OF PETA AND ARRANGE A SIMILAR MARINA BEACH PROCESSION TO STOP KILLING ANIMALS IN ABATTOIRS TORTURING FOR 6 DAYS UNSKINNING LIVELY. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM FOR PETA, RGV, BABY and MOTHER TO WORK TOWARDS THE GRACE TO ANIMALS?
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                                    Sankaran Krishnan
                                    Jan 24, 2017 at 3:29 am
                                    The entire blame was with the Police team which failed to act and instead shown their muscle to the innocent Protesters and why not the same was NOT done against the Rowdies, Anti Social elements and other Criminals and if they had shown the same vigour one might have appreciated whereas they proved their spineless towards them and shown their full strength to the innocent protesters and this is not the way to treat our fellow men and women who had protested for a good cause and was successful in bringing the Ordinance which the Political Parties failed to bring !!!
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                                      Mani
                                      Jan 24, 2017 at 2:41 pm
                                      Please stop providing false news Indian Express, even though the politicians are forcing you to publish. It hurts the public. They are fighting really hard. Please support us and stop hurting us. Thanks.
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                                        KPS
                                        Jan 24, 2017 at 5:44 pm
                                        Please Change your name to "The stani Express" that will be apt to you like your TRP based news head lines
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                                          Anand Ch
                                          Jan 24, 2017 at 1:09 am
                                          If it was a such a simple thing,then why people struggled from 2012 ??
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                                            pras
                                            Jan 24, 2017 at 9:21 am
                                            The TN house didn't p the bill after the violence in Chennai. You make it sound like protesters did it through violence. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The violence solely rests on the shoulders of dirty politics and politicians. It is clear that the TNGovt didn't want to risk their position, by allowing protests to take place on Jan 26, which would've invited bad attention from the Centre.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If you can't give an unbiased news, stop giving any. Don't paint false colors on our peaceful protest.
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