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Jallikattu LIVE: Kamal Haasan says more people die in accidents than in bull-taming sport
  • 12:16 (IST)

    Don't ban Peta: Haasan

    On the question whether he supports a ban on Peta itself, Haasan said that it is wrong to ban the animal welfare organisation as India is a democracy. He said that we must rather correct them wherever necessary. 

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    Even MGR would have supported the movement 

    "I could have imagined a scenario where MGR would have come to meet protestors. He would have also protested with them." 

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    Don't ban, just regulate: Kamal Haasan

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    Haasan: Hope videos are fake

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    Kamal Haasan on anti-national comment by Subramianiam Swamy

    "CP Ramaswami Iyer wanted a separate Trivancore, would you call him anti-national? Even Tamil Nadu wanted to go separate. It is Patel and VP Menon integrated India. However, we must clarify and why did he said such things. There is some legitimacy in the complaint."

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    Disturbed by violence in Chennai

    Kamal said that the violence in Chennai has disturbed him. He also added that he hopes that the videos showing police indulging in arson are fake. 

  • 11:51 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan on "makkal movement"

    When asked on why he is not actively part of the movement, Kamal said, "I kept out because I didn't want to steal the limelight on the agitating students."

    "People make fun calling this a leaderless movement, but look at the cohesion among the people."

  • 11:49 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan says agitation a symbol of discontent 

    Kamal Haasan comes out in full support of jallikattu and said that it cannot be banned. He asked why is not Peta also looking into the treatment of Kerala's temple elephants.  

  • 11:43 (IST)

    Opposing Jallikattu is double standards: Kamal Haasan

    Addressing the media on Tuesday, actor Kamal Haasan questioned the Chennai police action against the protester and said that anyone who opposes Jallikattu (on whatever count) has double standards. "I was shocked (to see video of cop committing arson), hope some sort of explanation is given to us so that we can calm down."

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    Kamal Haasan speaking to the press LIVE

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    Key points of Jallikattu Bill

    Replacing an ordinance promulgated two days ago to allow jallikattu, the Bill would amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.

    The Bill defines jallikattu as an event involving bulls conducted with a view to following tradition and culture from January to May and it includes similar events like 'manjuviratu', 'vadamadu' and 'erudhuvidum' festivals.

    The Bill further said, considering the vital role of jallikattu in preserving and promoting tradition and culture among people and also in view of ensuring the survival and continuance of native breeds of bulls, the "Government of Tamil Nadu has decided to exempt jallikattu from the provisions of the PCA Act".

    With inputs from PTI

  • 19:10 (IST)

    DMK working president MK Stalin meets Governor Vidyasagar Rao

  • 18:57 (IST)

    Reactions pour in from outside Tamil Nadu

  • 18:54 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan tweets video clipping which allegedly shows Tamil Nadu police as a perpetrator

  • 18:46 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu appeals for calm

    Stressing that the Centre and Tamil Nadu governments are "sensitive" towards the culture and ethos of the state, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu appealed to those agitating on the jallikattu issue to give up their stir as steps have been taken to address their concerns.Read more. 

  • 18:42 (IST)

    Panneerselvam tweets, urges people to end stir

  • 17:30 (IST)

    Jallikattu bill passed by TN Assembly

    In a major victory for the protesters, the Tamil Nadu Assembly unanimously passes the jallikattu bill within minutes of it being introduced by Chief Minister Panneerselvam. 

  • 16:43 (IST)

    Rajinikanth pens letter to protesters

    In a letter penned in Tamil, the actor urged protestors to stop their protest. Rajinikanth also added that miscreants are trying to hijack protest & bring bad name to them.

  • 15:08 (IST)

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on jallikattu crackdown: Some anti-social elements creating trouble

    The spiritual guru condemned the police action on protesters, says he is pained by the violence in the state. He added that the government should give more assurances to the people. The Art of Living founder also appealed to the public to maintain calm and urged them to withdraw their protest since they have won their battle.

    "People have won their battle but some elements in the crowd mislead the protesters", he told Times Now.

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    Film legend Kamal Haasan condemns police action

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    AIADMK minister Pandiarajan defends action 

    State minister Pandiarajan while speaking to India Today defended the police crackdown on protesters, claiming that anti-social elements were part of the protests. The minister also claimed that anti-national slogans were raised by protesters. 

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    PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss condemns police crackdown on protesters

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    Curfew in Alanganallur 

    Police has imposed Section 144 in Alanganallur, the epicentre of the jallikattu protest. Alanganallur is the place where the Tamil Nadu government was supposed to host a jallikattu event on Sunday. 

  • 13:09 (IST)

    DMK stages walkout 

    The first session of Tamil Nadu Assembly this year began on a dramatic note as Opposition DMK staged a walkout protesting the polic crackdown on protesters. DMK leader Stalin also slammed the AIADMK government for "authoritarian mindset".

  • 12:54 (IST)

    Marina Beach crackdown

    In an early morning crackdown, the police in Chennai started removing scores of protesters who were demonstrating at the Marina beach for the past one week, demanding a permanent solution for holding Jallikattu.

    Following an advisory, the crackdown comes on a day when the state Assembly is expected to discuss the matter after the customary Governor's address.

  • 12:46 (IST)

    Jallikattu bill to be passed today

    The Tamil Nadu Assembly to call for a special session at 5 pm on Monday to discuss the jallikattu bill and is expected to pass it today itself, says Times Now. 

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    Visuals of violent protests in Chennai 

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    Protest turns violent across Tamil Nadu

    The jallikattu protest took a violent turn on Monday, with protesters setting vehicles near the Ice House police station on fire. Meanwhile, the police resorted to lathicharge in Madurai, after protesters began stone pelting. 

    Reports suggest that protest turned violent in seven places across the state. 

    Earlier in the day, police had vacated protesters from Marina Beach. 

  • 19:37 (IST)

    Kamal Haasan slams PETA

    After top Tamil film actors Suriya and Vijay, veteran star Kamal Haasan today slammed animal rights advocacy group PETA over its opposition to jallikattu, saying it was not 'qualified' to tackle Indian bulls and asked it to train its guns against "bull riding rodeos in Mr (Donald) Trump's US."

    "PETA go ban bull riding rodeos in Mr Trump's US You're not qualified to tackle our bulls," he said in a tweet.


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    Here is the notification of the ordinance on jallikattu

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    Jallikattu protests lead to eight trains being cancelled; many others partially cancelled 

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    Protesters stop train in Madurai 

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    Two killed in jallikattu event 

    In what can add to the already growing controversy over the bull taming sport, TV reports suggest that two people have been killed at a state sponsored jallikattu event in Tamil Nadu's Pudukottai district. More information is awaited. 

  • 14:03 (IST)

    Sri Lankan refugees support protests

    Rameshwaram, which has a sizable Sri Lankan Tamil population, witnessed a protest by the refugee community in support of a permanent law on jallikattu. 

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    Protest intensifies across state

    Protesters demand a permanent solution to the issue. Many blocked roads leading to the ground zero, Alanganallur, while women in Madurai staged sit-in to protest against the ban. 

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    Jallikattu held across Tamil Nadu

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    State government to move event to Dindigul?

    Media reports suggest that the government may organise the jallikattu event in Dindigul. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam too is on his way to the venue while the sport has been conducted in several other places across the state. 

  • 10:43 (IST)

    Spiritual leader Jaggi Vasudev tweets; congratulates Tamil people on jallikattu ordinance

  • 10:31 (IST)

    Environment Minister Anil Dave mulling ban on Peta

    According to an ANI report in The Indian Express, the government is mulling to ban the animal rights NGO Peta after the jallikattu fiasco. “PETA, is an NGO, funded by foreign countries. They always rake up these issues. We will see as to what can be done,” the minister was quoted by the agency as saying. 

  • 10:24 (IST)

    Officials blocked from Alanganalur 

    Times Now reports that protesters have blocked the route to Alanganallur. The chief minister as well as district officials have also been not allowed to enter the venue. Protesters cry foul that they had not been shown the draft of the ordinance on the bull sport before it was promulgated. 

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    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam tweets, confirms the government has filed caveat in SC

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    Makkal movement continues in Chennai

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    Protest continues at Chennai's Marina Beach

Chennai: Violence broke out on Monday in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu as police cracked down on protesters even as the six-day-old 'Marina uprising" was
called off after the state Assembly passed a bill to replace the ordinance allowing the banned jallikattu.

The agitation in Madurai, famous for its Alanganallur bull taming event, Tiruchirapalli, Coimbatore and other places were also withdrawn late in the evening.

After the crackdown early in the morning, the sands of Marina beach and areas around it in Triplicane, Teynampet and Sellur in Madurai and Gandhipuram in Coimbatore witnessed pitched battles between the protesters and police who fired teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge to disperse the large crowds.

 Jallikattu LIVE: Kamal Haasan says more people die in accidents than in bull-taming sport

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There were incidents of stonethrowing and burning of vehicles and sundry items at various places in protest against the police action. Police personnel and their vehicles along with those of public were targeted. A number of policemen and members of the public were also injured.

Police suspected that some protesters belonged to ultra-left organisations like CPI-ML and Revolutionary Youth Front of India but the agitators said the students and youth who had given the call were not involved in the violence.

Initially, crowds defied appeals for withdrawing the agitation but the protesters were not in a mood to relent.

Acting quickly, the AIADMK government tabled the bill in the Assembly after the Governor's address to replace the ordinance for conducting jallikattu without any hindrance. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Tamil Nadu Amendment), Act, 2017 piloted by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam was adopted unanimously by a voice vote after a brief debate.

After the ordinance, for which the Centre gave quick approval last week, was enacted, pro-jallikattu organisations and film director Gautaman appealed to the protesters to withdraw the stir.

Parallely, former Madras High Court judge Justice Hari Paranthaman acted as a mediator by explaining the process of lawmaking through ordinance and said for the moment this was a
"permanent solution" that is a victory for the agitators. The agitators numbering a few thousands withdrew their protest after appeals by the judge and office bearers of advocates associations.

Tamil stars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan also expressed concern over the violence and called for restraint by the agitating students.

The protesters fought pitched battles with police in several pockets in Chennai, especially around Marina Beach from where thousands were evicted, and blocked roads in various parts of the city.

Police fired teargas shells and resorted to lathicharge at some places as sections of protesters, removed from Marina in an early morning crackdown, pelted stones.

The agitators went on a rampage, setting on fire vehicles at a few places, including in front of Ice House Police Station near the beach.

While vehicles were gutted, the front portion of the station and the name board were damaged in the fire.

Similarly, vehicles including some cars were set on fire by unidentified elements near Nadukuppam in Triplicane area, close to Marina.

Several schools chose to shut early in view of the sudden turn of events while city buses went off the roads as a preventive measure.

In Coimbatore, police forcibly evicted the protesters from VOC Park Grounds and lathicharged students in Gandhipuram bus stand.

As the appeal made by senior officials to clear the grounds failed, police in large numbers started to bodily lift them and shift them out of the venue.

Some 200 people sat on dharna near the Central bus stand in Gandhipuram to protest police action. Police managed to chase them away.

Even as some protestors were seen leaving the venue voluntarily, police removed nearly 300 protesters from there, police said.

Protesting against the police action, some youths formed human chain on the main Avanashi chain and police made a cane charge to disperse them, police said.

A section of protesters were standing and raising slogans in support of their demand for permanent Act for conducting jallikkatu and against Peta and Police, near the Central Jail, some 200 metres from the venue, prompting the police to take into custody nearly 300 persons, they said.

Police said they had cleared the grounds, venue for the Republic day function, and it is under control of the district administration and police.

Police resorted to lathicharge at two places in Coimbatore to disperse protesters, who allegedly indulged in stone pelting against police.

Protests continued in Madurai with protesters throwing stones on police at Alanganallur.

Police forcibly removed protesters from protest venues at Alanganallur when they refused to heed their repeated requests to disperse.

According to Alanganallur police, 20 persons, many of them policemen, were injured in stone pelting by protesters. Roads near the protest venue were strewn with stones, glass pieces and wooden logs.

Earlier, the Alanganallur village committee, which was satisfied with the ordinance, announced that jallikattu will be held on February one and in Palamedu on 2 February.

On Sunday, the chief minister could not launch the jallikattu event in Alanganallur as planned due to locals' protests.

Though the decision of the local committee was made through public annoucement system, some miscreants at the "agitation venue" refused to disperse and started pelting stones, police said.

There was a scuffle between police and some of the youths in which some protesters were injured. Police were forced to take action as several rounds of talks failed, an official said.

Police said the situation was fully under control and some persons who were seen instigating the crowd have been detained for questioning.

Meanwhile, DIG of Police Anand Somani led a flag march in the village to boost the confidence of the local people.

In Madurai, Additional SP Murugesh held talks with protesting students and urged them to disperse.

One woman was injured in the scuffle between police and youths in the city.

In Madurai, students continued to block a train at Sellur for the fifth day.

Meanwhile, an Erode report said several students sustained minor injuries when police made a lathicharge after a section of them indulged in violence, refusing to disperse.

Two buses were damaged when some miscreants pelted stones while they were being dispersed by police at Thomaiyarpuram railway station where they tried to block train traffic.

A report from Tiruchirapalli said a jallikattu event was held at Kumlur near the city, in which seven persons were injured. All the injured were treated as outpatients.

Updated Date: Jan 24, 2017 12:33:04 IST