PWA leaders visit violence-hit slums post jallikattu, demand compensation

Political leaders visited the areas and demanded that the government compensate the people who lost livelihoods in the violence.

Published: 27th January 2017 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th January 2017 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

CPM leader Prakash Karat interacting with residents of in Chennai on Thursday | Martin Louis

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Days after much of the properties in Nadukuppam and other slums around Marina were destroyed during the last phase of the jallikattu protests, political leaders visited the areas and demanded that the government compensate the people who lost livelihoods in the violence.

Prakash Karat, former general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), and Thol Thirumavalavan, leader of Viduthalai Chiruthai Katchi (VCK), independently visited Nadukuppam and other slums that were affected by the clashes between the police and public.

“An independent and impartial inquiry must be sent to these slums. In Nadukuppam, an entire fish market has been destroyed. Several vehicles have been burned down,” Prakash Karat said, adding that appropriate
compensation must be provided by the government. He visited the slums with G Ramakrishnan, general secretary of the state unit of the party.

Thirumavalavan, while visiting the slums, said that action should be taken against the police who indulged in excesses. “People can’t stay at night in these slums as periodic attack threats from police keep circulating,” he said.

While both party leaders condemned the alleged atrocities by the police, they said that steps must be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

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