New Delhi, April 10: Hundreds of people from various groups stage protest outside M A Chidambaram stadium against holding of the IPL fixtures in Tamil Nadu amid the raging Cauvery protests. The match Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be held at 8 pm. A large number of spectators are expected to come to see the match.
Holding placards, flags, many protesters including women were seen sitting on the road and raising slogans. They demanded to cancel matches. Seeing the increasing number of protesters, heavy police were deployed at the stadium. The police tried to remove protesters from the area and security has been tightened.
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association is taking all steps to ensure that there is no violence and in this regard, they have issued instructions. Spectators are not allowed to bring mobile phones, bags, jholas, mobile phones, brief-cases, pagers, radios, digital diaries, laptops, computers, tape-recorders, binoculars, remote control devices, remote control car-keys or any other electronic devices, musical instruments, video cameras, digital cameras. Any firearms, crackers, bottles, mirrors, glasses, razors, scissors, mirrors and glasses, knives, and any gadget having dry cell battery, button cell battery are also not allowed.
Tamil Nadu has been witnessing protests for the past one week, urging the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB). On Sunday Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) also launched ‘Cauvery Retrieval Walk‘ in regard to this. DMK working president M K Stalin headed the walk. Various political parties and outfits have demanded that the IPL matches be not held at a time when the state is witnessing widespread agitations on the vexed issue.
The Supreme Court had on February 16 pronounced its verdict on the vexed dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The apex court directed Karnataka to release 177.25 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of water to Tamil Nadu. This reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water by 14.75 tmcft from the 192 tmcft allocated by a tribunal in 2007.