TN Assembly passes Bill on Jallikattu

TN Assembly passes Bill on Jallikattu
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The Jallikattu Bill was unanimously passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly during a special session on Monday as protests over the bull-taming sport took a violent turn. 

Chennai: The Jallikattu Bill was unanimously passed by the Tamil Nadu Assembly during a special session on Monday as protests over the bull-taming sport took a violent turn.

Tabled by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, the Bill was passed within a few minutes. The Bill will now replace the ordinance promulgated by the state government earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, students leading the Jallikattu protests clashed with police and torched several vehicles after they were forcibly evicted from the Marina beach, the epicentre of the protests.

The pro-Jallikattu protesters set fire to vehicles parked at the Ice House police station and attacked police personnel.

A large posse of police personnel descended on Marina beach, where hundreds of people have been camping since January 17, and began to drag away the young protesters.

There was bedlam at the beach as a few tried to forcibly prevent police from whisking away the protesters.

The police then used batons to disperse the mobs. As people ran from the beach and gathered on the streets, there was more violence.

The violence was intense in Triplicane area near the beach. The police also fired tear gas to disperse the crowds who assembled on several roads leading to the beach and hurled stones at security personnel.

All routes leading to the Marina have been cordoned off.

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