Chennai: Students and youngsters are on the roads and public places demanding to remove the ban of jallikattu, the traditional sport played with bulls in the state. People protesting against the failure and inability of the central and state governments to enable the conduct of jallikatttu during Pongal festival. They are protesting against animal welfare organisations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on who filed case at the Supreme Court to ban jallikattu permenantly.
There was a gradual increase in the protest when the thousands of youngsters assembled on the Marina Beach to support jallikattu and ban PETA India in Chennai on Tuesday. They continued their protest overnight. On Wednesday, the demonstrators refused to budge until chief minister O Panneerselvam involves in.
Raghava Lawrence Joins the protest:
Many college students bunked classes to take part at the protest venue with numbers swelling as the day progressed. Many tamil cinema actor and actresses supports the protest. There was a huge support from Silambarasan(STR), Aadhi(Hiphop Tamizha), Vijay Sethupathi, Raghava Lawarance has donated a sum of rupees 1crore for the food expense of the youngsters.
Third day of Protest at Alanganallur in Madurai district:
In Madurai district, jallikattu supporters staged a protest on Tamukkam grounds on Wednesday morning. In Kovilpatti in Tuticorin district, police arrested around 100 Jallikattu supporters who attempted to take out a march against PETA. A student got a lot of injuries when he jumped off a pole during a protest at Vaniyambadi in Vellore district. K Suresh, a second year student of Priyadharshini Polytechnic College, climbed on an electric pole in front of the college around 1pm.
Before jumping off the pole, he shouted slogans against PETA and demanded that the central government take steps to lift the ban on jallikattu. He was rushed him to Government Hospital in Vaniyambadi. The doctors examined him and told his friends that he sustained fractures on his right leg and left hand. He was referred to Government Vellore Medical College Hospital.
The well planned agitation by Jallikattu supporters on Marina Beach had its echo in Madras high court, when a lawyer brought the matter to the knowledge of the court. On Tuesday morning traffic had to be diverted away from the Kamarajar Salai, and even judges had to take a different route to reach courts.
When the first bench of chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sundar assumed their seats, advocate K Balu mentioned the issue and said police had switched off power on the Marina to dissuade the protesters. To this, the judges said the Supreme Court was already seized of the issue and it had not passed any orders even after a mention was made before the event last week. Noting that Marina Beach was not venue for protests, the bench said it could not do anything about the ongoing protests.
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