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Madras HC notice to Tamil Nadu, police chief over Jallikattu violence

PTI, Madurai | ByPTI
Jan 30, 2017 08:48 PM IST

The Madras High Court bench in Madurai issues notice to the Tamil Nadu home secretary and the director general of police on a PIL seeking judicial probe into alleged excesses by police while dispersing jallikattu protesters.

The Madras high court bench in Madurai on Monday issued notice to the Tamil Nadu home secretary and the director general of police on a PIL seeking judicial probe into alleged excesses by police while dispersing jallikattu protesters at Alanganallur and other places in the district on January 23.

Pro-Jallikattu supporters remove police barricades during a protest in support of the bull-taming sport in Madurai.(PTI File)
Pro-Jallikattu supporters remove police barricades during a protest in support of the bull-taming sport in Madurai.(PTI File)

Issuing the notice on a petition filed by a man named P Kanagavel, a division bench comprising Justices A Selvam and P Kalaiarasan directed the state home secretary, the DGP, the Madurai city police commissioner and the district superintendent of police to file their counter affidavits before February 15.

The petitioner alleged that police attacked those who were holding a peaceful protest in Alanganallur village and Tamukkam Grounds, Sellur and Periyar bus terminus in the city in support of jallikattu.

People protest at Alanganallu in Madurai demanding lifting of the ban on jallikattu. (PTI File)
People protest at Alanganallu in Madurai demanding lifting of the ban on jallikattu. (PTI File)

The petitioner also claimed that several protesters were detained illegally.

He prayed for a judicial inquiry into the police action against the demonstrators, besides seeking a direction to the state government to provide proper treatment to those injured.

When the matter came up for hearing, the Additional Advocate General (AAG) opposed it, saying a case had been registered against the petitioner as well and hence the PIL was not filed in public interest.

He also claimed that 10 buses and three police vehicles were damaged in the violence allegedly by the agitators. 48 people had been arrested and remanded in judicial custody, he added.

The petitioner’s counsel alleged that police themselves had set fire to vehicles with a view to creating a violent atmosphere.

Pro-Jallikattu protesters during a violent clash with police near Chennai’s Marina beach. (PTI File)
Pro-Jallikattu protesters during a violent clash with police near Chennai’s Marina beach. (PTI File)

On January 23, police had used force to disperse the jallikattu protesters at Alanganallur, famous for the bull- taming sport.

A plea for a CBI probe had been made in the Madras high court’s principal seat, also alleging police excesses against the jallikattu protesters in Chennai.

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