According reports, fans of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were allegedly assaulted outside of MA Chidambaram Stadium by Cauvery water dispute protesters. Earlier in the day a group of Tamil right activists, movie makers, actors and politicians had announced of holding protests outside of the stadium.
#CSK fans r being thrashed by the goons 😔 @CMOTamilNadu @AIADMKOfficial @Hariadmk No plans to control the goons,is it? Shame on the state Govt #அண்ணாசாலை #Cowards #Terrorists pic.twitter.com/9u5VuqhmHH
— Rajinified 🤘🏽 (@Shreya_jeshu) April 10, 2018
Various Tamil groups have been raising objections about cricket matches taking place in Tamil Nadu during the ongoing dispute regarding the Cauvery water. According to the protesters, Cricket matches would distract the people’s focus from the dispute. “We are not against cricket or IPL. We do not want the spirit of protest to get diluted by a distraction,” said actor Sathiya Raj.
The protesters allegedly trashed the cricket fans who had went to witness the encounter between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. The excitement surrounding the match was also high because of the fact that this is the first home match of Chennai Super Kings after the two years of ban they had to face due to spot fixing scandal.
On Sunday superstar Rajnikant who has recently entered into the politics had called for a boycott of the IPL by the Chennai public. He had suggested that it would be good if organizers (of IPL) stop the matches from taking place in the state, but if that doesn’t happen then atleast the members of CSK should wear black bands to show their support for the agitation.
“Playing IPL matches here when whole of Tamil Nadu is agitating for Cauvery (management board) will be an embarrassment,” he told reporters here referring to the opposition from different quarters to the event.
“If they (organisers) stop, it is good. If not, at least to express the anguish of people of Tamil Nadu, members of the Chennai Super Kings team may wear black band… the message will get noticed countrywide. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), IPL authorities and the owners of Chennai Super Kings should extend their cooperation by allowing the players to wear the black bands,” he added.