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Chief Minister O Panneerselvam assured the protesters that all efforts are being taken to ensure that the ban on Jallikattu is lifted.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2017, 01.21 AM IST|Original: Jan 19, 2017, 01.07 AM IST
Jallikattu protests spread across TN, Panneerselvam to meet PM Modi
CHENNAI: Software employees in Chennai were bitten by the bull-taming bug on Wednesday, after spontaneous protests by various youth groups broke out on the city’s iconic Marina beach and in parts of Madurai and Tirunelveli in South Tamil Nadu in protest against the ban on Jallikattu.

What started as a thinly organised protest spread to the IT corridor on Old Mahabalipuram Road where code writers and tech support staff stepped out of their offices demanding that the bull-taming sport be performed in Tamil Nadu.

Alerted by plans of a protest on social media and free messenger apps, employees gathered outside IT parks like SP Infocity, RMZ Millennia and many others on the OMR.

"It all started off very slowly," said Dinesh Devarajan, a software developer working in a firm on the IT corridor. "The most-shared bulletin was about a protest outside the Tidel Park post noon," he said. The seeds of the widespread rising were sown earlier on the week.

Through noon on Tuesday, youngsters arrived in droves to the protest point. Volunteers had driven in mini-truckloads laden with water packets for the protestors. A percussionist had already begun playing to raucous expressions against the state government and the animal welfare organisation People for Ethical Treatment of Animals.

On Wednesday morning, spontaneous protests broke out by 11.30 am, outside various points along the IT corridor.

Protesters held banners and shouted evocative slogans for Jallikattu. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam in a statement on Wednesday evening assured the protesters that all efforts are being taken to ensure that the ban on Jallikattu is lifted.

“We will be meeting the Prime Minister on Thursday morning and stressing theneed for an immediate ordinance to allow Jallikattu to be performed. Therefore I appeal to all protestors to give up the protest,” O Panneerselvam said.

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