Actor Kamal Haasan on January 24 addressed a press conference in Chennai city of Tamil Nadu in the wake of the ongoing protests to lift ban on the controversial bull-taming sport, Jallikattu. While speaking to the media, Kamal Haasan said that he was shocked to see the cops behaving the did during protests and that the people of the state should be given a sound response for them to calm down.

Supporting the people demanding to legalise the sport, Kamal Hassan said that he has been demanding for 20 years and the law to ban it only showed double standards. He further added that the government should not ban anything but take steps to regulate it.

Speaking about the India-Pakistan relations, Kamal Haasan said that he did not want to hate Pakistan and wish “rub put” the borders since “we” created them.

In a series of tweet tweeted by Kamal Haasan and other social media users, the cops were seen torching vehicles and hitting women. A number of social media users claimed that police purposely resorted to violence on people who were staging a peaceful protest.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly on January 23 passed the bill to replace the ordinance on Jallikattu. Amid the uproar in several parts of Tamil Nadu in support Jallikattu, the bill replacing the ordinance passed by the Governer on January 21, was tabled by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

The protest which was being carried out peacefully till last week took a violent turn as the angry protesters set the Ice House Police Station to fire, near the Marina Beach. The TN police detained over 100 students who were protesting near Meenakshi Hall in Coimbatore.

Kamal Haasan who has been extremely vocal about his views on Jallikattu, had earlier called for a ban on biryani instead of Jallikattu.