New Delhi, April 10: Police detained scores of protesters for hurling a shoe at cricketer Ravindra Jadeja during an IPL match between Chennai and Kolkata at Cheapuk stadium on Tuesday. They were protesting against the match in Tamil Nadu amid the raging Cauvery protests.
The incident happened during the eighth over of the Kolkata innings. Protesters hurled shoes at Jadeja. However, the footwear didn’t hit the player and fell near the boundary rope as Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi were taking a stroll. The match witnessed massive protests from various groups and activists due to Cauvery water dispute. One incident of protesters burning yellow jerseys, the attire of Chennai players, was also witnessed.
To avoid the violence, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association have already issued instructions that spectators are not allowed to bring mobile phones, bags, jholas, 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.
Earlier in the day too, hundreds of people from various groups stage protest outside M A Chidambaram stadium. Holding placards, flags, many protesters including women sat on the road and raised slogans.
Tamil Nadu has been witnessing protests for the past one week, urging the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).
Cauvery Dispute: 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.
(With agency inputs)