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Cauvery row: IPL matches to be shifted out of Chennai

Posted on : Wednesday 11th of April 2018

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Chennai: The Indian Premier League (IPL) matches scheduled to be held in Chennai are to be shifted to a new venue amid protests over the Cauvery row, according to sources.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has cited security issues for moving the games out of Chennai.

The MA Chidambaram Stadium is the home ground of Chennai Super Kings. The match between CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders was staged amid stiff opposition Tuesday night.

Pro-Tamil groups like Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi (TVK) and a newly launched forum of Tamil directors had given a boycott call of the IPL.

They alleged that the game was being organised to divert attention from the raging Cauvery protests across the state.

Hundreds of activists of outfits like TVK, Naam Tamizhar and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, besides some Muslim groups, staged road blockade at the arterial Anna Salai and TTK Salai, affecting traffic movement, on Tuesday.

The agitations especially affected vehicular traffic on the busy Anna Salai, resulting in traffic snarls.

Naam Tamizhar leader and film personality Seeman, film-maker Bharathirajaa and scores of activists were taken into custody by police, who had a tough time managing the surging number of protesters.

In some places, the agitators clashed with police, even as there were reports of police chasing them away.

Police had brought the A Chidambaram Stadium under tight security cover with 4,000 cops guarding the venue.

Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram is likely to host a few of the matches involving CSK.

Courtesy : Manorama

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