Chennai, April 11: Twenty-one Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) party workers were nabbed on Wednesday and sent to Puzhal Central Jail, a day after they staged protests over Cauvery issue outside Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium, in an attempt to halt an IPL match set to take place there.
The arrested party workers were charged for attacking policemen on duty who were deployed to curb the agitation and ensure the match to be held between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders was played without trouble.
Cases were also lodged against lyricist Vairamuthu Ramasamy, director P Bharathiraja, MLA Karunas and 500 other protesters at Trilplicane police station.
The protestors were seeking that the IPL matches not be held when a more pressing matter – the Central government’s failure to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) – was at the fore.
On February 16, the court had ordered the Centre to constitute the CMB and Cauvery Water Regulation Committee (CWRC) within six weeks.
The non-compliance of the supreme court’s order has triggered protests across the state.