NEW DELHI – Protesters demanding the resumption of traditional bull-taming contests in southern India have attacked a police station with stones and set some vehicles on fire in anger at being forcibly evicted from the beach where they have camped for a week.
Police officer Balakrishnan said police moved on Marina beach in Chennai, the Tamil Nadu state capital, after thousands of people refused to leave the protest site Monday.
An executive order issued Saturday allowed the sport of jallikattu to resume but is only a temporary solution. The protesters want a court ban on the sport permanently lifted.
Jallikattu involves releasing a bull into a crowd of people who attempt to grab it and ride it. Opponents say it is cruel and unsafe to the animals.