Police vs protesters in Marina jallikattu, protesters burn Chennai police station

The government on Sunday announced that all colleges and schools will resume functioning from Monday even as negotiations continued with the protesters across the State.

Police vs protesters in Marina jallikattu, protesters burn Chennai police station

In an attempt to evict the pro-Jallikattu protesters at Marina beach, Chennai Police launched a massive crackdown at the beach, which has been the centre of protests for the last six days. However, the protesters showed resistance and burned a nearby police station.

In a statement released during the early hours of the day, the authorities requested the "participants to leave the Marina in the same peaceful and disciplined manner."


According to the reports, all the roads leading to the beach have been blocked and the police are preventing any gatherings around the protest site. Earlier, Police said that 70 per cent people are willing to leave, and there has been resistance only from the small group of people. Women and children have been moved out of the beach.

However, police now says that around 2000 protesters are at the beach now. Police also claimed that anti-social elements are the defiant ones. Protesters have been calling to wait for lawyers, while police has now started moving public physically.

The protesters gutted the Ice House police station and vehicles parked near it. In Madurai and Allanganallur, police resorted to lathicharge following the resistance from the protesters.

Furthermore, Police has said that the step is taken for Republic Day security. But the protesters have said they will not allow the Republic Day celebrations at Beach Road until the Jallikattu issue is resolved. The protesters have been demanding permanent solution for Jallikattu issue, instead of an executive order or ordinance which is valid for six months allowing the festival to be held this year.

The government on Sunday announced that all colleges and schools will resume functioning from Monday even as negotiations continued with the protesters across the State.

A Bill to replace the ordinance promulgated for conducting jallikattu would be introduced in the State Legislative Assembly session beginning today and it would be enacted as a Legislation, Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam has said.

Dismissing claims that the Jallikattu ordinance was a temporary way out, CM Panneerselvam has promised to make the sport legal once the assembly session begins on Monday.

Jallikattu, held during the harvest festival of Pongal, was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014. Last year, the Centre allowed the sport, but that decision has been challenged in the Supreme Court. The court has agreed to not deliver its verdict this week after the centre pointed out that a decision could create law and order problems.