A video that is being circulated widely on social media showed a Tamil Nadu cop slapping a woman while a group of people were peacefully protesting during an anti-liquor agitation in Tiruppur district on Tuesday. The incident occurred when people, including women, blocked a road demanding closure of a state-owned TASMAC (Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation) liquor outlet.
The residents were agitated as the shop was being relocated to their area after Supreme Court banned liquor outlets on national and state highways effective April 1. There has been opposition to moving these outlets to residential areas, and that is what people in Samalapuram were protesting against. While the group was marching peacefully on the road, some police officials started betaing them.
The video showed Tiruppur Additional Superintendent of Police Pandiarajan slapping a woman during the protest. The Tamil Nadu cop was seen pushing the woman with his lathi and then slapping her.
Pandiarajan decided to push one of the women, which seemed to be unprovoked as far as we can see in the video. The residents alleged that they were not given any prior warning ahead of the violent assault, and that they were protesting peacefully.
During the protest, the villagers tried to block the vehicle of Sulur MLA R Kanagaraj, who passing the area with his family. Left with no other option, he joined in the protest. After a few hours, the Collector gave him an assurance that they will close the outlet, and eventually the MLA left.
However, assurances were given that the outlet will be closed, the protests continue demanding its immediate closure. And then the police started the lathi charge. Angry protesters threw stones at the policemen in retaliation.