CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Friday said various “anti-social elements” and organisations “infiltrated” the week-long pro-jallikattu protests on the Marina Beach in Chennai with the intention of “diverting” it.
He promised that the “evil forces” behind the violence here on Monday last would be identified and brought to book.
Following the police announcement early on January 23, asking the protesters to leave the beach, about 10,000 of them dispersed and about 2,000 stayed back. “Various organisations and anti-social elements infiltrated the pro-jallikattu protests [on the Marina] with the intention of diverting it,” he said.
Making a detailed statement in the Assembly after Opposition Leader MK Stalin sought his explanation over the police lathicharge on protesters here on Monday, Panneerselvam said the cops had received information that some of the protesters wanted to prolong the stir till Republic Day.
He said those belonging to such organisations “wanted to show black flags and create problems” on January 26.
“Some even raised separate Tamil Nadu demands and there is photographic proof of some holding pictures of Osama Bin Laden with accompanying Boycott Republic Day slogans,” he said.
Even during the violence, which he blamed on “anti-national, anti-social elements, besides miscreants”, the police used “minimum force” to disperse the “unlawful” persons and safeguarded public life and property, the chief minister said and assured the House that the “evil forces” behind the violence would be identified and action taken against them.
Quite a few policemen sustained injuries while many police vehicles were also damaged by the miscreants during Monday’s violence, Panneerselvam said.