Shoes hurled at players during IPL match in Chennai, two arrested
CHENNAI (92 News) – Massive anti-Indian Premier League (IPL) protests by pro-Tamil groups erupted with scores of activists including film directors being detained even as police chased away agitators in some places. One incident of protesters burning yellow jerseys, the attire of Chennai Super Kings players, was witnessed.
Kolkata were batting in the game against when a few shoes were hurled from the upper tier of the stands opposite to the main pavilion.
The unidentified protesters hurled shoes at Ravindra Jadeja, who was stationed at long-on. The footwear missed the player fell near the boundary rope as Faf Du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi were taking a stroll.
NTK, a Tamil nationalist party in the state, which among other protesters, is demanding a boycott of the IPL matches in Chennai until the Cauvery water issues is solved.
The political parties in the state have been protesting against the Centre's negligence in the formation of Cauvery Management Board (CMB).
Chennai also saw massive protests against the conduct of IPL matches amid raging Cauvery demonstrations, with police chasing away agitators in some places. One incident of agitators burning yellow jerseys, the attire of Chennai Super Kings players, was also reported.
Hundreds of activists of pro-Tamil outfits like Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK), Naam Tamizhar, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and some Muslim groups staged road blockade at the arterial Anna Salai and TTK Salai, affecting traffic movement, police said.
In some places, protesters clashed with police. Tamil film celebrities, director Bharathirajaa and national award-winning lyricist Vairamuthu among others also joined the agitation.
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.
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.
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