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city and elsewhere, where normal life was affected, with protesters staging road blocks and state transport buses being withdrawn at many places.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