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Anti-social elements had infiltrated Jallikattu protests to divert them: CM

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O.-PanneerselvamCHENNAI : Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Friday alleged that “anti-social elements and miscreants” had infiltrated the week-long agitation against the ban on  Jallikattu with an intention of diverting them.
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader added that anti-national and anti-social elements did not want the protests at Marina Beach here to end.Police used minimum force against rioters to safeguard public life and property, insisted the Tamil Nadu CM.
He further assured that evil forces behind the violence would be identified and an action would be taken against them.Panneerselvam said following the police announcement early on January 23, asking the protesters to leave the Marina beach, about 10,000 of them had dispersed while about 2,000 stayed back.

“Various organisations and anti-social elements had infiltrated the pro-Jallikattu protests (at Marina) with the intention of diverting it,” he said.Making a detailed statement in the Assembly after Opposition Leader MK Stalin sought his explanation over the police lathicharge on protesters here on Monday, Panneerselvam said the cops had received information that some of the protesters wanted to prolong the stir till Republic Day.

He said 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 said.

Even during the violence, which he blamed on “anti-national, anti-social elements, besides miscreants”, the police used “minimum force” to disperse the “unlawful” persons and safeguarded public life and property, the Chief Minister said and assured the House that the “evil forces” behind the violence would be identified and action taken against them.
Quite a few policemen sustained injuries while many police vehicles were also damaged by the miscreants during Monday’s violence, Panneerselvam said.
The Chief Minister, who said 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.
He also explained in detail the circumstances leading to the state government issuing an ordinance last week, following his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which the latter promised the Centre’s support to the state’s legal endeavours on the issue.
Meanwhile, the DMK staged a walkout, alleging that the government did not respond to its demand for a probe into the police caning of protesters.
Stalin, who led his party MLAs out of the House, told reporters that the DMK wanted a probe by a sitting High Court judge into the matter, but the Chief Minister did not respond to that.The main opposition party however later returned to the House to join the debate on the motion to thank the Governor for his address to the members on Monday.
The Supreme Court will on January 31 hear a batch of petitions by animal rights groups challenging the validity of a Tamil Nadu law permitting Jallikattu, the bull-taming sport that is held in the state during Pongal.
There was widespread agitation in Tamil Nadu, including protests at Chennai’s Marina Beach, in support of Jallikattu.

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