MADURAI: A strong feeling of Tamil Nadu continuously being a victim of the decisions of Union government and neighbouring States dominated the emotions at the protest for jallikattu in Alanganallur here on Monday.
Apart from the slogans raised against organisations like People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA), the protesters also indulged in strong sloganeering against the Union government and the “discriminatory treatment” meted out in issues like the Cauvery.
“While the Union government went out of its way to ensure that Cauvery Management Board (CMB) was not set up, why is it hesitating to pass an ordinance to conduct jallikattu,” questioned R. Muthukumar, a protester.
S. Arun, another protester, said that he wanted to participate in the protest as the ban on jallikattu was an attack on Tamil culture and remaining silent anymore might lead to the loss of identity of Tamils.
Protesters, who participated in a procession under the banner Students’ Group for Protection of Jallikattu and Farmers, lead by activist R.S. Mugilan, raised slogans against the Union government.
Scores of cadre of various Tamil outfits took out a procession from Fatima College junction here to Alanganallur demanding lifting of the ban on jallikattu. They raised slogans in favour of conducting jallikattu, a traditional Tamil bull taming event. With no city buses operated to and from Alanganallur, they chose to walk their way as a mark of protest. When they entered Milagaranai, the rural police tried to stop them.
However, after senior police officials intervened, they were allowed to go to Alanganallur. Meanwhile, scores of college students took out a bike rally from Sellur to Alanganallur. Police bandobust was provided to the offices of BNSL and All India Radio en route the procession.
The district police booked several persons for letting loose bulls in two places in their attempt to defy Supreme Court order banning jallikattu on Sunday.
The Melur police booked a few cases under provisions of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960 against a few persons, including a priest of a temple, for letting loose a bull. In Alanganallur, some persons were booked for disobeying the order of public servant by letting loose animals. Cases were registered against two persons for trying to conduct goat fight at Athalai. In Melavalavu, a few persons were booked for pelting stones at two persons who objected to letting loose animals.
In the city, the Koodal Pudur police booked a few bull breeders for attempting to conduct manju virattu at Mudakathan.