The jallikattu protests in Tamil Nadu have been peaceful so far but after an emergency ordinance was passed on Saturday, the TN government has been asking the protesters to disperse.
However, in many places the protesters are refusing to leave, stating that they will not budge till a permanent solution is brought to the problem and the PCA Act is amended. Even as jallikattu supporters like Karthikeya Sivasenapathy and Hiphop Thamizha have been asking for the protests to be called off, there is resistance from the crowds.
On Monday, the police force has been deployed to disperse the crowds. Instances of lathi charge and arrests have been reported from different parts of the state.
In Chennai, the Ice House police station in Tiruvallikeni (Triplicane) was damaged after vehicles outside the station were set on fire. Almost 20 vehicles including a police car and an auto were charred in the fire. It is suspected that a petrol bomb was thrown at the station and that it is unclear who did it.
This comes after a standoff between the cops and the protesters. Earlier in the day, the lane that leads to the station had protesters on one side and the police force on the other.
Some of the protesters indulged in stone pelting and the police retaliated doing the same. In the process, a police officer was injured and taken to the hospital on a bike. Many protesters too were injured.
Two women cops were inside the station when the fire broke out, but they are safe according to reports. The police has barricaded the entire area and have made announcements asking the residents to stay in till the time the fire is put out.
Two fire engines are currently at the station to douse the flames.