Taking cognisance of public anger against government's inaction over alleged police atrocities, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Tuesday announced that a commission headed by a retired high court judge would probe allegations of police excess during violence that followed Jallikattu protests in Chennai. The commission, the chief minister said, will inquire into the circumstances under which police acted in a particular way and how things got out of hand on the last day of peaceful protests.
"If videos of police torching vehicles and properties are proven to be true, stringent action will be taken against them for arson," said Panneerselvam while announcing the special probe committee. The chief minister also said that 36 students including 21 from Chennai who were arrested during the violence will be released. "Charges against 36 students involve din Jallikattu protests will be dropped and they will be released," he said.
The government also declared that compensation would be doled out to people in Nadukuppam fishing hamlet where arson and vandalism led to the loss of property.