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Jallikattu protests turn violent

Jallikattu protests turn violent: Protesters torch vehicles near Ice House Police Station, refuse to leave Chennai’s Marina Beach

Protests against ban on Jallikattu took a violent turn on Monday as protesters torched vehicles close to the Ice House Police Station located near Marina Beach in Chennai. The beach has witnessed massive protests over the past week due to the Supreme Court’s ban on the bull-taming sport. The police have said that at least  2,000 protesters are still at the beach.

The Chennai Police on Monday morning began forcefully evicting protesters from Marina Beach in Chennai as protests against the ban on Jallikattu entered its seventh day. All roads leading to the beach have also been blocked. The police has also detained over 100 students, who were protesting against Jallikattu ban, near Meenakshi Hall in Coimbatore.

The police also lathicharged and used tear gas shells on protestors to disperse them from the beach. Incidents of stone-pelting in which a few police personnel got injured were also reported. Food was distributed to the protesters by sea after the police blocked roads leading to the beach. This comes a day after the Tamil Nadu government, even after promulgating an ordinance, failed to hold Jallikattu events in Madurai as well as in other parts of the state as protesters demanded a permanent solution to the ban.

The Jallikattu Bill was also be tabled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly when the session began at 10 am on Monday. However, DMK leaders walked out of the Assembly as soon as Governor C Vidyasagar Rao began his address.

“The state government has totally mismanaged the situation and have failed to engage with students,” MK Stalin was quoted by ANI as saying.

The government began deploying around 7,000 police personnel at Marina Beach on Sunday night to evict the demonstrators from the beach and also from the Beach Road adjacent to it. The Beach Road also happens to be the Republic Day parade track. Practice sessions had been shifted to a different venue over the past few days due to the protest.

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