Jallikattu activists detained

Police detaining activists in Madurai on Friday.

Police detaining activists in Madurai on Friday.   | Photo Credit: Handout


They came to Collectorate to submit a petition


A group of activists, who came to petition Madurai Collector demanding the withdrawal of cases filed against protesters who took part in the pro-jallikattu protests of 2017, were detained by the city police on Friday.

Tension prevailed on the Collectorate premises for a brief period of time as the seven activists, who had gathered, tried to prevent the arrest and began raising slogans against the police and the government.

R.S. Mugilan, who led the group of activists, said that they had peacefully gathered on the premises to meet the Collector. “We did not raise any slogans until the police detained us. While all other groups who come to submit petition to Collector are allowed, why were we prevented,” he asked.

In the petition they had brought to submit to the Collector, the activists had demanded the withdrawal of cases filed against those who protested in 2017 for revoking the ban on jallikattu, which resulted in the enactment of a special legislation by the Tamil Nadu government.

“After enactment of the special act on January 23, 2018, the then Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam continued to assure that all the cases filed against the protesters would be withdrawn,” Mr. Mugilan said.

Claiming that those who enacted the law in the Assembly were calling themselves as ‘jallikattu heroes,’ he said that those who protested on the other hand were being made to run from pillar to post to face cases and enquiries.

According to the activists, the cases filed by the respective police stations against those who participated in the protests in places like Alanganallur, Tamukkam, Sellur and Perungudi were subsequently transferred to CB-CID. A total of 134 persons, which include 64 people who took part in the protests in Alanganallur, 53 in Sellur, and 17 in Perungudi, have been chargesheeted by the CB-CID police now.

Arguing that the Tamil Nadu government should have ideally honoured those who protested for jallikattu, the activists urged the State government to fulfil its promise and withdraw all the cases against the protesters.

Meanwhile, after detaining, the Tallakulam police registered a case against the seven activists under Section 151 of the Cr. PC.

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