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Bill to lift ban on Jallikattu cleared unanimously by Tamil Nadu assembly

Tamil Nadu Police on Monday started forcefully evicting the pro-jallikattu protesters who have gathered at Chennai's Marina Beach for over five days now. The agitating protestors sang the national anthem as they tried to defy
India TV News Desk Chennai January 23, 2017 17:37 IST
India TV News Desk

In a victory for the protesters demanding the return of the bull-taming sport, the Tamil Nadu Assembly today passed the Jallikattu Bill will full consensus, AIADMK said today.

The approval of the state assembly came minutes after governor C.H. Vidyasagar Rao tabled the bill to replace the ordinance issued to enable holding of Jallikattu.

Earlier in the day, the pro-Jallikattu protests, which has remained peaceful so far, turned violent after TN Police tried to forcefully evict the protestors from Chennai's Marina beach.

Protesters standing in a chain edged closer to the sea and threw stones at the police, who used batons and tear gas to control the crowd. A few vehicles near the beach were also set on fire. 

Police resorted to lathi charge and fired tear gas at some places in the Tamil Nadu capital to disperse protesters demanding a permanent solution to the Jallikattu controversy

DMK working president M K Stalin urged Tamil Nadu CM to meet agitators immediately and assure that there would not be any impediments for jallikattu in the future.

The Tamil Nadu state government has totally mismanaged the situation and have failed to engage with students, Stalin said.

Some protesters claimed that pregnant women were pushed as the police used force on the people.

Denying the use of excess force, a senior police officer told reporters, "We requested them to leave two-three times. Some of them were willing to go, but the rest said they wanted more time."

In a street in Triplicane area near Marina beach, protesters in large numbers threw stones at police which later retaliated with a baton charge.

The police used teargas shells to disperse the protesters who assembled at several roads leading to Marina and started throwing stones.

All routes to Marina Beach have been cordoned off.

The eviction began after week-long protests across the state. The protesters demand a "permanent" solution by amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in the Assembly.

The agitating protestors sang the national anthem as they tried to defy attempts to remove them from the site, according to ANI.

The state government on Saturday promulgated an ordinance valid for six months -allowing the bull taming sport to be held this year.

However, the protestors are demanding a permanent solution.

The police, initially, requested the protesters to disperse in a peaceful manner as "that their purpose has been fully achieved" since the state government promulgated an ordinance on Saturday.

All routes leading to the beach have been blocked and policemen present in large numbers at the beach are preventing any gatherings around the site.

The sport was organised in several parts of the state,even though locals in Madurai's Alanganallur, where Chief Minister O Panneerselvam was expected to inaugurate the event, refused to hold the sport.

Police on Sunday said two persons were killed when they were gored by a bull during jallikattu at Rapoosal in which several bulls were used and many sportsmen took part.

Meanwhile, 48-year-old Chandramohan, from Jaihindpuram, died due to dehydration in Madurai city when he was taking part in the protests along with students and youths demanding a permanent solution for holding jallikattu, police said.