CHENNAI: Not expecting support from any organisation nor political parties has been the hallmark of the demonstrations led predominantly by students and young working professionals, demanding revocation of ban on jallikattu. In the same way, they have steadfastly remained independent in arranging food, water and cleaning the leftovers at Marina.
Responding to request messages spread primarily through WhatsApp, several individuals prepared and distributed food by shelling out money from their own pockets. Alongside, many were seen distributing packets of water, biscuits, fruits and even cough syrup sachets to those who continuously took part in the sloganeering.
Having heard about the protest, one such Good Samaritan S Gokulnath, an autodriver, travelled all the way from Theni with food supplies. “However long the protests might continue, I will put in my own money to purchase food and refreshments,” he said. This act of benevolence was also extended to several policemen and mediapersons who were there throughout the day.
Not just stopping with this, volunteers were also seen regularly clearing leftover food and plastic garbage.
Repeated announcements were made through speakers brought in by demonstrators themselves not to throw away used plates and rather drop them at huge plastic bags placed in the corners so that they can easily be disposed of at Corporation dustbins. However as crowd swelled, it proved difficult to manage the disposal of accumulating mound of garbage.