Jan 27: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Friday asserted that action will be taken against those “anti-social” and “anti-national” beings who initiated the violence on January 23 at Marina beach.
“Anti-social elements and miscreants had infiltrated Jallikattu protests with intention of diverting them. Evil forces behind the violence will be identified and action (will be) taken against them,” Panneerselvam said.
The chief minister also defended the police crackdown and said that “minimum force” was used against the protesters.
“The police used minimum force against the rioters to safeguard public life and property. The anti-national and anti-social elements did not want the protests to end,” he said.
These remarks come after some agitated protesters torched vehicles and threw stones at police as they tried to evict them. There was bedlam as others tried to pull back those being taken away. The police then used batons to disperse the mobs. As people ran from the beach and collected on nearby streets, there was more violence.
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.