New Delhi, April 10: Police has detained Naam Tamilar Katchi workers for throwing footwear on the cricket ground during the ongoing match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium also known as Cheapuk stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. The workers were agitating against holding of the IPL matches in Tamil Nadu amid the raging Cauvery protests.
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.
Security was tightened at the stadium to maintain peace and let the match go smoothly. A large number of spectators came to see the match. A heavy police force was deployed at the entrance gates of the stadium.
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. They demanded to cancel matches which are supposed to be held in Chennai.
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.
(With agency reports)