Jallikattu protests: These pictures of widespread violence in Chennai will stun you

There were incidents of stone throwing and burning of vehicles and sundry items at various places in protest against the police action.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 24, 2017 6:32 pm
Chennai: Two wheelers suspected to be set on fire by protestors go up in flames in Chennai on Monday. Fans of Jallikattu, a traditional bull-taming ritual attacked a police station with stones and set some vehicles on fire Monday in anger at being forcibly evicted from the beach where they have been protesting for the past week in support of the sport. PTI Photo BY R Senthil Kumar(PTI1_23_2017_000306B) Chennai: Two wheelers suspected to be set on fire by protesters go up in flames in Chennai. (PTI Photo)

The pro-jallikattu protests turned violent on Monday after an early morning crackdown on the protesters, leaving over 20 police personnel injured even as the Tamil Nadu assembly moved swiftly and passed a bill replacing an ordinance for conducting the bull taming sport. Several vehicles were torched and a large number of protesters were detained during the violence. The crackdown had a ripple effect in the city and elsewhere, where normal life was affected, with protesters staging road blocks and state transport buses being withdrawn at many places.

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According to police, 90 per cent of the protesters at Marina beach, the epicentre of the agitation, predominantly by students and youth, had vacated the area by late evening and normalcy was being restored. Reports said most protesters in other parts of the state like Madurai, Erode and Coimbatore were either evicted or had left on their own, heeding the appeal of police.

Here are some of the shocking images of the violence in Chennai 

jallikattu, jallikattu protest, tamil nadu, chennai An injured is carried for treatment after police resorted lathicharge to disperse protesters who were holding a protest demanding permanent solution to hold Jallikattu. (PTI Photo) jallikattu A police man attends to a man injured in clashes in Chennai. Fans of Jallikattu, a traditional bull-taming ritual attacked a police station with stones and set some vehicles on fire. (PTI Photo) jallikattu, jallikattu protests Protesters supporting Jallikattu, a traditional bull-taming ritual throw stones as they clash with police in Chennai. (PTI Photo) jallikattu Police officers attend to a man injured in clashes in Chennai. (PTI Photo) jallikattu, jallikattu protests Protesters 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) jallikattu Two wheelers suspected to be set on fire by protesters go up in flames in Chennai. (PTI Photo) jallikattu Policemen pulling and clearing the students during protest against urgent law passed for Jallikattu by State Government and Union Government in Coimbatore. (PTI Photo) 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)

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    Dhanasekaran Balasubramanian
    Jan 23, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    police is unable to protect their own office. how is it possible. in 2009 when police latthi charged police station was fired now jallikattu protestors were latthi charged police station was fired. it is high time to fix cameras with internet connection accessible directly to some independent agencies or accessible to judiciary directly.
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      tamilan
      Jan 24, 2017 at 12:27 am
      No one can torch police station , expect police men. :-). Just to move the crowd out police has started violence.
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        C Lovidason
        Jan 25, 2017 at 7:36 am
        The over a week-old widely acclaimed students' peaceful Jallikkattu protests in different parts of Tamil Nadu to have taken ugly turns simultaneously in different places at the same time on Sunday seem to smack of the well planned and meticulously calculated schemes and plots conceived and executed by the people at the helm of affairs in the state administration and not by any unwanted elements as seemingly portra. Obviously, the state government had looked piqued when the peaceful Jallikkattu protesters had not allowed the chief minister and his government to inaugurate the jallikkattu as per their planning in different places in the previous day. Further, the administration was under undue haste to clear the protesters before the Republic Day. Accordingly, the theory of violence by the unwanted elements seems to have been stage-managed.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Jallikkattu protests did not seem to have taken place for the cause of Jallikkattu only. It is the culmination of a host of issues plaguing the self-esteemed Tamils over the past few decades. Tamils over the past few decades have looked to have been powerless, exploited, betra, looted, marginalised and starved. The governance of the Tamils over the past few decades has not looked to be in their hands and in their interests. Hence these volcanic emotions. And to have handled the peaceful Jallikkattu protesters-- students, women and the aged-- with brutal police force does not augur well for the Panneerselvam government which would preach, "The government is by the people, for the people and of the people".
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          Nanjil
          Jan 23, 2017 at 4:51 pm
          The police torched Autos, set fire on the vehicles and showed to the world how they start riots. British Police and British laws.
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            Sai Kanomie
            Jan 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm
            Who ordered them to charge at people?
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              shankar
              Jan 23, 2017 at 4:47 pm
              you have missed out the Photos of Police men setting fire on Autos i can send it to you if you want to put that in your list
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