Chennai: With the Tamil Nadu government set to introduce a draft bill to replace the Jallikattu ordinance when the assembly session begins on Monday, police have begun to evict the protestors in Chennai and other places after nearly a week of agitation across the state to lift the ban.
While some left the Marina beach—the epicentre of the protest—hundreds of protesters formed a human chain and threatened that they will jump into the Bay of Bengal if police evicted them.
Police used lathi-charge and tear gas while trying to disperse the people gathered at Marina and have blocked all the roads leading to the beach.
Many protesters expressed unhappiness over the ordinance promulgated by the state government and decided to continue their agitation till a “permanent solution” to the ban on the bull-taming sport was found.
The police made an announcement through the microphone asking people to leave. Chennai Police Commissioner S. George was also present at the Marina beach, where police arrived at around 6 on Monday morning.
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While discussions between protesters and police are currently being held in a few districts, protests were discontinued in most other places after the police authorities intervened on Monday morning.
In a press meet held on Sunday, Jallikattu campaigner Karthikeyan Sivasenapathy asked the protesters to postpone the agitation till 31 March in order to give two months’ time for the Centre and state governments to carry out their promises.
“Trying to solve the issue through police force is condemnable, when it should have been solved through talks with the youngsters who were protesting peacefully,” said M.K. Stalin, leader of opposition and working president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).