Monday, 23 January 2017

Jallikattu protests ease across Tamil Nadu, uneasy calm at Chennai's Marina Beach

CHENNAI: Calm returned to the Marina Beach and other protest venues across Tamil Nadu on Monday evening after a week-long intense pro-jallikattu agitation+ was brought under 'enforced control' by the state police.

In Chennai, riots marred the image of the student-backed demonstrations. "Vested interest groups" escalated the situation by pelting stones and hurling petrol bombs at the riot control police.

The scene at the Marina resembled that of a curfew zone with the roads leading to the protest venue blocked off by the police from all sides. The police lathicharged with vengeance whenever they ran into a rioter.

Miscreants set fire to the Ice House police station while many vehicles were burnt to ashes in the ensuing violence. As many as 140 policemen were hurt in the riots with at least 100 rioters also being injured.

Protesters clashed with police at Parthasarathy Temple arch near Marina. They set tyres on fire and threw them at the police. They threw petrol bombs too. A car was set on fire. Police used teargas to disperse the protesters.