With protests raging across the State and some groups threatening to lay siege to the M. A. Chidambaram stadium and disrupt the IPL match scheduled for April 10, the police have increased patrolling around the venue.
“A team consisting of a sub-inspector and 10 other personnel are patrolling the stadium and this has been intensified,” said a senior police officer, adding that only stadium staff, members, and cricketers who come for practice are being allowed inside the stadium.
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With only a few days to go for the IPL match between the Chennai Super Kings and the Kolkata Knight Riders, around 20 students from Dr. Ambedkar Government Law College, on Friday, submitted a petition to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) to reschedule the match. They said they felt that it was inappropriate to conduct the match considering the ongoing protests for the Cauvery Management Board (CMB).
“At this juncture, it is not desirable/appropriate to conduct an entertainment/sporting event in our State. So we request the TNCA to reconsider the decision and reschedule the IPL event in a different venue, possibly in a different State,” read the statement, which added that the match on April 10 will be “disturbed by the agitating people in various ways and means.”
In the morning, the 20 law college students approached the police and sought permission to meet TNCA officials. “Only five of us were allowed inside. We submitted the petition to one of the office bearers,” said Tilakavathy, a student.