Anti-social elements infiltrated Jallikattu protests, says Tamil Nadu CM
�Various organisations and anti-social elements had infiltrated the pro-Jallikattu protests (at Marina) with the intention of diverting it,� Panneerselvam said.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today stated that various anti-social elements and organisations had infiltrated into the week-long pro-Jallikattu protest with the intention of diverting it.
Panneerselvam has also promised that the evil forces behind the violence would be identified and brought to book.
“Various organisations and anti-social elements had infiltrated the pro-Jallikattu protests (at Marina) with the intention of diverting it,” he said.
While answering the questions, regarding the police lathi charge on protesters, raised by Opposition leader MK Stalin in the Assembly, Panneerselvam explained the cops had received information that some of the protesters wanted to prolong the stir till Republic Day.
He stated those belonging to such organisations “wanted to show black flags and create problems” on January 26.
“Some even raised separate Tamil Nadu demands and there is photographic proof of some holding pictures of Osama Bin Laden with accompanying Boycott Republic Day slogans,” he added.
The chief minister said that even during the violence the police used “minimum force” to disperse the “unlawful” persons and safeguarded public life and property and he assured the House that the “evil forces” behind the violence would be identified and action taken against them.
The chief minister remarked that the Jallikattu ban was implemented in 2011 during the days of the UPA, in which the DMK was a constituent, also recalled the sustained efforts of his predecessor, late J Jayalalithaa, and himself for the conduct of the bull-taming sport in the state.
In between Panneerselvam explained the circumstances leading to the state government issuing an ordinance last week, following his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Earlier, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan also alleged that extremist forces had infiltrated to the pro-Jallikattu protests.