The Tamil Nadu assembly on Monday unanimously passed the Jallikattu bill that legalizes the bull taming sport as the pro-Jallikattu protests turned violent. The bill was tabled by chief minister O Panneerselvam in the assembly during the special session and was cleared immediately. Amid protests in various parts of Tamil Nadu, Jallikattu was organised in several districts on Sunday after an ordinance was passed on Saturday which makes a Tamil Nadu-specific exception in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. However, the protesters – demanding a permanent lift on ban – continued to gather in large numbers across the state, including Chennai’s Marina Beach. Five students were injured in the violence at student organisations’ protest in Coimbatore’s Gandhipuram Junction.
The protests, demanding a permanent solution to the issue and a ban on animal right’s group PETA, spread across the country as thousands came out on Tamil Nadu streets since last six days. On Monday, the police requested protesters to end the agitation. However, the protesters demanded half day time to think over after which the police started removing them from the venue.
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