19 Nov

DMK MP Kanimozhi slams police lathicharge on ‘peaceful’ pro-jallikattu protesters

first_imgDMK leader Kanimozhi has condemned the police crackdown on pro-jallikattu protesters, questioning why did the cops suddenly want the agitators in Chennai to disperse in an hour.Many areas in and around Chennai especially Triplicane, Royapet and Perambur, witnessed violence after police had to lathicharge to drive out the groups of students and volunteers protesting in favour of the bull-taming sport.”They wanted some time to understand what the ordinance and the bill were. They wanted to know about the outcome of their protest. The authorities could have given them the time they had asked for”, Kanimozhi said.Also read:  Trichy cop’s fiery talk convinces jallikattu agitators to disperse from protest venue peacefully She wondered how come the police, which had been supporting and encouraging protesters for the past one week, suddenly want them to disperse in an hour.”What was the need for the police to get violent? What was the need to lathicharge people protesting peacefully”, the DMK MP asked.THWARTING OF JALLIKATTU HAS A POLITICAL MOTIVE: KANIMOZHIWhen asked whether there was a political motive behind thwarting such a peaceful movement to avoid its recurrence in the future, Kanimozhi said that that exactly was the case. “It was remarkable to see so many young people come together and protest peacefully in different parts of Tamil Nadu without indulging in violence. We were so proud of their manner of protest”, she said.Kanimozhi termed the agitation a great victory for the people of Tamil Nadu and alleged that the government did not want such movements to succeed.advertisementKanimozhi called the claim by Chennai Police Commissioner George that he hadn’t seen videos of cops damaging public property laughable. “We’ve seen what the commissioner’s capable of a few years ago. I can’t forget that. It was all over social media”, she exclaimed and also said that it’s impossible not to notice it unless you ignore the videos deliberately.Also read:  Jallikattu protests hijacked by arsonists in Chennai, agitators disperse from Marina after passing of bill The DMK leader was also shocked to see policemen turn into arsonists and claimed that people didn’t feel safe anymore. “These men who were standing next to the people and protecting them for about a week suddenly one morning turned against them. People are very sacred of the police force now”, she said.TAMIL NADU GOVT MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE: DMKMore than the police, Kanimozhi wanted the government to take responsibility for what had occurred and said that DMK Working President MK Stalin had met the governor and sought a probe into the matter. “It is the government’s responsibility to answer questions honestly”, Kanimozhi said.When asked to respond to the charge that violence broke out only in DMK strongholds such as Teynampet and Royapet in Chennai, Kanimozhi rubbished the allegation and said that DMK would never indulge in such activities. “Why would DMK do anything like that! Why would we want protesters to look bad! We were with them. We were supporting them. We held protests and a rail roko supporting their cause”, she announced.Although there could be several reasons for the chaos, the fact that miscreants indulged in arson and some policemen too were involved in the same can’t be denied. It is up to Chief Minister O Panneerselvam to ask authorities to win back the goodwill of the people and find out what prompted the lathicharge on peaceful protesters that led to other distasteful incidents in Chennai.Also read:  Jallikattu movement: Not just youngsters, but Tamil celebrities also must be thanked for the successlast_img

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