Cricket vs Cauvery: Thousands Protest Against IPL in Chennai, 2 Detained for Throwing Shoes at CSK Player

Protesters in Chennai earlier than the match between CSK and KKR. (Information18)

Chennai: 1000’s of pro-Tamil activists hit the streets close to Chennai’s MA Chidambaram or Chepauk Stadium on Tuesday to name for a boycott of the IPL cricket match between Chennai Tremendous Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.Scores of activists, together with movie administrators, have been detained at the same time as police chased away agitators in some locations. Two activists belonging to a pro-Tamil outfit threw footwear into the bottom when the CSK-KKR match was in progress, police mentioned.

Nevertheless, the match went on and the activists belonging to Naam Tamizhar, have been detained. The slippers fell close to CSK fielder Ravidra Jadeja who was fielding at long-on. The incident occurred when the eighth over was in progress with the Kolkata Knight Riders batting.

Professional-Tamil teams like Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) and a newly launched discussion board of Tamil administrators had given a boycott name of the favored Indian Premier League. They alleged that the sport was being organised to divert consideration from the raging Cauvery protests throughout the state.

Lots of of activists of outfits like TVK, Naam Tamizhar and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), in addition to some Muslim teams, staged highway blockade on the arterial Anna Salai and TTK Salai, affecting site visitors motion, police mentioned.

The agitations particularly affected vehicular site visitors on the busy Anna Salai, leading to site visitors snarls. Naam Tamizhar chief and movie persona Seeman, film-maker Bharathirajaa and scores of activists have been taken into custody by police, who had a tricky time managing the surging variety of protesters.

Bharathirajaa mentioned that “at a time after we are grieving (over the Cauvery dispute), ought to we’d like IPL… it’s insulting,” he added.

In some locations, the agitators clashed with police, at the same time as there have been stories of police chasing them away.

Police had introduced the MA Chidambaram stadium below tight safety cowl with 4000 police personnel guarding the venue, internet hosting its first IPL tie since Could 2015. Commandos and personnel of Speedy Motion Pressure have been among the many safety element.

The specter of extra protests prompted police to step up safety for the cricketers, together with throughout their journey to the stadium from their lodge.

The CSK staff suffered a slight delay on its onward journey to the stadium for the match because of the disruption. Some protesters at Anna Salao have been seen elevating slogans in opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not establishing the Cauvery Administration Board, a problem on which Tamil Nadu political events together with DMK and different outfits have been agitating for the previous one week.

Protests have been additionally held at Triplicane, within the neighborhood of the stadium, by some outfits together with VCK however police foiled their bid to march in direction of the venue and detained them.

Earlier within the day, activists of TVK who tried to stage an illustration exterior the stadium have been held. Tamil Nadu has been witnessing protests for the previous one week, urging the Centre to represent the Cauvery Administration Board (CMB).

Numerous political events and outfits have demanded cancellation of IPL matches in Chennai, saying it was being held at a time when the state was witnessing widespread agitations on the vexed concern.

On February 16, the Supreme Courtroom raised the 270 tmcft share of Cauvery water for Karnataka by 14.75 tmcft and compensated Tamil Nadu by permitting extraction of 10 tmcft groundwater from the river basin.

The courtroom had granted six weeks to the Centre to formulate a scheme to make sure compliance of its 465-page judgement on the decades-old Cauvery dispute, modifying the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal award of 2007. The six-week interval ended on March 29.

First Printed: April 10, 2018, 10:05 PM IST


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