Cauvery management board issue: Protest escalates in Chennai; shoe hurled at CSK players

Published: 10th April 2018 11:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th April 2018 11:29 PM  

The police on Tuesday took into custody members of various organisations protesting against the holding of Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai. (EPS | P Jawahar)
Five protesters tried self immolation in front of the stadium main gate. They were taken away by the police. One incident of agitators burning yellow jerseys, the attire of Chennai Super Kings, was also reported. (EPS | P Jawahar)
Members of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), Tamizhaga Vaazhvurimai Katchi (TVK), Nam Tamilar Katchi, Tamilar Ezhuchi Iyakkam (TEI), May 17 Movement and other groups rose slogans and pushed through rows of barricades set up by police to march to MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk. (EPS | P Jawahar)
Celebrities such as Bharathiraja and Vairamuthu arrived at Mount Road in solidarity with the protesters. Protesters rose a 'Tamil Flag' which bears symbols of ancient South Indian kings and called for the match to be cancelled. By 6pm protesters marched their way until 300 m away from the stadium where they were being blocked by hundreds of Police officers. IN PIC: Director P Bharathiraja arguing with police in connection with the protests against IPL match.(EPS | P Jawahar)
As the match approaches closer, the protests became more volatile with more and more people being detained by police officers. The police even used lathi on some protesters. Protesters engaged in figure burning. Around 10 members of TVK were arrested while attempting to enter the stadium. They staged a road blockade at the arterial Anna Salai and TTK Salai, affecting traffic movement, police said. IN PIC: Protesters burning IPL tickets during the protests. (EPS | P Jawahar)
The Chidambaram stadium has turned into a virtual fortress with 4,000 policemen including commandos and members of the Rapid Action Force deployed for security. The threat of more protests prompted police to step up security for the cricketers, including during their journey to the stadium from their hotel.The CSK team suffered a slight delay on its onward trip to the stadium for the match due to the disruption. (EPS | P Jawahar)
Some protesters were seen raising slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not establishing the Cauvery Management Board, an issue on which Tamil Nadu political parties including DMK and other outfits have been agitating for the past one week. (EPS | P Jawahar)
In an unsavoury incident, a couple of miscreants were today detained by the police for hurling a shoe at CSK players.The unidentified protestors hurled shoes at Jadeja, who was stationed at long-on. The footwear missed the player and fell near the boundary rope as Du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi were taking a stroll. (Twitter/Venkata Krishna B)
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