Chennai, Apr 11: The Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 matches that were scheduled to be held in Chennai will now be shifted to another venue amid massive protests over Cauvery Management Board, say reports. This came after the first match in Chennai that was played between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was marred by protests. Protesters even hurled shoes on players during the match on Tuesday, April 10.
The police on Wednesday arrested 21 Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) party workers and sent to Puzhal Central Prison for hurling shoes inside the Chepauk stadium, Chennai, during the KKR vs CSK match. The arrested party workers were also charged for beating up policemen on duty who were deployed to curb the protest and ensure the match to be held between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders was played without trouble. (Also Read: Complete Schedule of IPL 2018 Matches)
NTK, a Tamil nationalist party in the state, among other protesters has been demanding a boycott of the IPL matches in Chennai until the Cauvery water issues is solved. Cases were also registered against lyricist Vairamuthu Ramasamy, director P Bharathiraja, MLA Karunas and 500 other protesters at Trilplicane police station. The protesters were demanding that the IPL matches not be held when a more pressing matter – the Centre’s failure to constitute the Cauvery Management Board (CMB) – was at the fore.
Meanwhile, Tamil ‘Superstar’ Rajinikanth condemned the alleged attack on three policemen during the anti-IPL protests over the Cauvery issue. In a tweet, the 67-year-old actor said,”The worst form of violence is the assault on uniformed personnel.” “This kind of violence has to be tackled immediately, as it poses a danger to our country. We need more stringent laws to punish the perpetrators,” he added.
The next match in Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium was scheduled to be held on April 20 between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals (RR). The revised venue for the match is yet to be announced.