Normalcy returns to Tamil Nadu

Normalcy returns to Tamil Nadu

Life was back to normal in several parts of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, a day after Jallikattu supporters clashed with the police who tried to disperse them from protest venues.

The week-long peaceful protest organised by the youth and students from across the state was called off after the Tamil Nadu government passed a bill to lift the ban on Jallikattu.

Heavy security was clamped on sensitive areas near Marina Beach in Chennai, Alanganallur in Madurai, and in Coimbatore and Salem districts
to stop any untoward incident.

However, some students who had assembled near the Marina Beach refused to move out and demanded a copy of the ordinance that helped the state to conduct Jallikattu. They later dispersed after holding talks with the police.

Police sources in the headquarters here said that more than 70 people have been arrested in connection with Monday’s violence where police vehicles and two-wheelers were burnt by some miscreants.

NHRC seeks report on police excesses
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday came down heavily on the Tamil Nadu Police for their action against Jallikattu agitators, reports DHNS from Chennai. The commission said after the passage of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment) Bill, 2017, in the Assembly, the police, without prior warning, resorted to caning, arresting and damaging private property in order to disperse the large number of people gathered across Chennai in support of Jallikattu.

The NHRC said that it has taken a serious view of the unprovoked police excesses and issued notices to the chief secretary, the director general of police, the government of Tamil Nadu and the Chennai police commissioner calling for reports in the matter within two weeks.

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