Various Tamil groups protesting over the Cauvery issue on Monday demanded that the authorities cancel the Indian Premier League (IPL) match to be held in Chennai on Tuesday. At a time when the police are busy making arrangements to secure all roads leading to M A Chidambaram stadium and screening of spectators, apprehending protests, Tamil group Thamizhaga Vazhvumurai Katchi (TVK), led by T Velmurugan, has issued a veiled threat, stating that it will not be responsible for any untoward incident against the cricketers.
Demanding cancellation of the match, Velmurugan said the IPL players should understand that Tamil people are upset over the Cauvery issue. “When we are fighting for our basic rights, we don’t want this to take place here,” he said. Velmurugan said his outfit will not be responsible if something happens to the players when they are out for sight-seeing or shopping during their stay in Chennai.
T Velmurugan said, “When we are fighting for our basic rights, we don’t want this to take place here.”
Now, this is a big threat and no one wants to take a risk. But cancelling the match is also a hard decision so heavy security measures are being taken before the match.
As per Financial Express, Tight security will take place inside and outside the stadium so that the match doesn’t get affected. The use of mobile phones, transistors, computers, cameras, or any other audio visual recording equipment, for recording and or communication of match details, statistics, images etc. are strictly prohibited. The fans have been asked to cooperate with Chennai Police and Security Guards.
However, the bigger shock has come from Tamil film industry which has also expressed it’s unhappiness against the match being held in Chennai.
“It is an embarrassment to think of IPL at the present situation in the state. At least the members of the Chennai Super Kings should wear a black band during matches to express solidarity with the protesting groups.”, As said by superstar Rajnikanth.
Meanwhile, Chennai Police has asked BCCI to stop people wearing black clothes from entering the stadium.
On the other side, Kerela has come ahead as an alternative option for the forthcoming matches to be held in Chennai. Jayesh George from The Kerala Cricket Association told media on Sunday that talks on this matter have started. At the same time IPL chairman, Rajeev Shukla said that the matches will be held in Chennai as per schedule. He requested to not drag IPL into politics.