Tamil Nadu Chief Minister OP Panneerselvam has blamed “anti-national and anti-social” elements for “infiltrating” the massive protests across the state demanding the lifting of the ban on traditional bull-taming sport, jallikattu.
“Anti-social elements and miscreants had infiltrated jallikattu protests with the intention of diverting them. The anti-national and anti-social elements did not want jallikattu protests to end,” Panneerselvam said.
The Chief Minister said the “evil forces” behind the violence during the jallikattu protests will be identified and action will be taken against them.
Earlier this week, Tamil Nadu police invaded the sprawling Marina Beach in Chennai and forcibly began removing the thousands of young men and women massed in support of the lifting of the Supreme Court ban on jallikattu.
The crackdown triggered largescale violence in parts of Chennai, leaving some 60 people injured and leading to about 40 arrests. Violence was also reported from distant Madurai district.
There were also reports that police attacked, arrested and damaged private property in order to disperse a large pro-jallikattu gathering, forcing the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to take a suo motu cognizance.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today said that it will hear all jallikattu matters on January 31 after the Centre filed a plea seeking to withdraw the January 6 notification, allowing the bull taming sport in Tamil Nadu.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra allowed all the applications related to jallikattu to be filed and said the matter will be heard on Tuesday.