Amid Jallikattu protests, TN CM urges youths to call off stir: What has happened so far

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court has refused to 'interfere' on the issue, holding that the Supreme Court was apprised of the matter.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 19, 2017 12:50 pm
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Amid clamouring protests, thousands of people descended on Marina beach on Wednesday as they vehemently demanded lifting of the ban on bull-taming sport Jallikattu. Faced with mounting pressure, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today got into a huddle with the state authorities and decided to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an ordinance to allow the age-old sport. The chief minister will be reportedly accompanied by 51 MPs of the AIADMK. According to TV reports, some colleges will remain shut owing to protests.

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Meanwhile, the Madras High Court has refused to ‘interfere’  on the issue, holding that the Supreme Court
was apprised of the matter. The court made this observation when a mention was made by an advocate K Balu in the open court about the protests at the Marina on the Jallikattu issue.

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People in Chennai continue their protests in favour of bull-taming sport. (Source: ANI) People in Chennai continue their protests in favour of bull-taming sport. (Source: ANI)

He brought to the court’s notice disconnection of power supply in the area when a “peaceful demonstration” was
going on Tuesday evening. Besides, drinking water was not provided to protesters, he complained. The first bench, comprising Chief Justice S K Kaul and Justice M Sundar, declined to “interfere in the matter at this stage.”

The epicentre of protests seemed to have shifted to the state’s capital with thousands of youths assembling on Marina beach arguing that the age-old sport symbolised Tamil culture. Although sporadically, ‘jallikattu’ events were reported from Sivaganga, Madurai, and Pattukottai. Meanwhile, crowds continued to swell at Alanganallur and Tamukkam grounds in Madurai. The police has arrested over 200 protesters so far.

jallikattu, chennai jallikattu protests, marina beach protests, marina beach jallikattu protests, tamil nadu protests, jallikattu latest, bull sport protests, chennai news, india news, latest news Madurai : Youngsters stage a protest against Jallikattu ban at Alanganallur in Madurai on Monday. PTI Photo (PTI1_16_2017_000179B)

Animal rights organisation PeTA was the target of attack by protesters. PeTA has been rallying hard against the sport citing animal rights abuse. Tension ran high when three students attempted to set themselves on fire at Tamukkam grounds which was eventually foiled by police. Information Technology employees also joined the protests by forming human chains and staging protests in the vicinity of their workplaces. Seven activists of a pro-Tamil outfit climbed the historic Pamban railway bridge in Rameswaram and held a dharna. When they were removed by police, they threatened to jump into the sea and commit suicide if they were arrested.

Tension prevailed in Kandipatti village in Sivaganga where ‘Manju Virattu’ (bull chasing) was organised with 100 bulls. Police baton-charged to disperse the participants. However, the protesters allegedly attacked police with stones damaging a police vehicle and reinforcements were sent to bring the situation under control. At Pasukaranpatti in Madurai district, organisers released many bulls with prize money attached to their horns on the road leaving it to youths to tame them and take the prize money. Similar events were held near Pattukottai in which 30 bulls participated.

Leading film personalities such as actors Vijay, Simbu, Surya and directors Ameer, Karthik Subbaraj expressed their solidarity with protesters through various video messages. As the number of protesters steadily grew in number, a senior police official expressed serious concern saying the movement is leading to a law and order situation. He said the police cannot let such a huge crowd to remain there for one more day, adding that he hopes some political decisions from the government will soon settle the issue.

(With PTI and ENS inputs)

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  1. Mahender Goriganti
    Jan 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm
    Ban 'Halal' irst before banning un-cruel sports
    1. R
      Jan 18, 2017 at 2:45 pm
      The Jallikattu protests should continue till the Government promulgates an ordinance nullifying the courts irrational order !
      1. S
        Jan 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm
        "What has happened so far". Yes you have two days of happenings to catch up The India Express. Because you were busy licking The AIADMK and BJPs back until you got permission from them to focus your coverage on this a one-in-lifetime event (protest). Shame on you. Tamils are watching your act. shame! shame! shame! The India Express.
        1. K
          Jan 18, 2017 at 3:21 pm
          IE to use the right word as "bull embracing" instead "bull taming" Hope to be corrected in the next update on Jallikattu news
          1. P
            Jan 18, 2017 at 3:19 pm
            First of all in Jallikattu bulls are not injured as proclaimed by PETA, it is against the rules of the game. Jallikattu has an ancient history and records for its Unique and beneficiary purpose. Jallikattu bulls are considered as god by the farmers, providing them healthy food and nurtured with love. Jallikattu is pla to strengthen the Bulls to keep them fit and potent for reproducing healthy calves. If you turn pages of Jallikattu's ancient old history you won't find any incident of injuring of bulls during action. Even after the game the bulls are treated with same love and respect unlike killing them as they do in Spain and other countries. Jallikattu is not cruel compared to butchering them for meat, leather or Euthanization done by PETA. PETA doesn't concern for bulls it is their greed and concern for money given by some corporates to eradicate indigenous cattle breed of India to flourish their business by exporting foreign cattle breeds. If they really care for animals then let them fight against meat and leather industry. Can they dare to stop their own celebrity PRO agents from using leather products?.
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