Both Stalin and Kanimozhi were taken to preventive custody and were later released.

DMK holds rail roko for jallikattu Stalin leads protest at Mambalam Kanimozhi in EgmorePhoto by Shankar
news Jallikattu Friday, January 20, 2017 - 11:30

Hundreds of DMK members broke barricades outside the Mambalam railway station for the party’s rail roko agitation, in support of jallikattu. Led by their party president MK Stalin, the cadre waved their red and black flags and shouted slogans as they made their way into the station.

Meanwhile, another group of DMK members led by Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi and former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran stopped suburban trains in Egmore station.

Both Stalin and Kanimozhi were taken to preventive custody and were later released. 

 

For the last four days, the peaceful protests held at the Marina Beach and elsewhere in the state have been spontaneous and not led by any political party, but by individuals themselves.  

But as the numbers continued to grow on the fourth day of the protests, the DMK has joined in with their rail roko agitation. At Tiruchy, the Mangalore Express was stalled by DMK cadres. In Vellore too, the Bangalore-Chennai  stopped by DMK cadres.

The rail roko comes just hours after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Paneerselvam announced that the state will promulgate an ordinance on the issue.

“There are full chances that jallikattu will be organised within one-two days, therefore we urge protesters to withdraw immediately,” Paneerselvam said on Friday morning.

Speaking to News18, Kanimozhi said, “The government should have passed an ordinance earlier. We have to wait and see if the ordinance is actually passed or not.”

As train movement is disrupted in the state, other modes of transport are also hit with worker strikes. Associations representing truckers, retailers, private taxi operators, schools and autorickshaws had also announced that they will not work on Friday.

Most private schools in Chennai have declared a holiday, while colleges in the city are also shut. Some districts in south Tamil Nadu have also declared a holiday for schools.

State government employees are also expected to take out a procession later on the day.

The Nadigar Sangam, including stars like Ajith, Trisha and Suriya are on a silent protest in support of the bull taming sport.

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