Others complained about forceful abuses that were met out to them by the police. Mani Gandan (34) resident of 3rd street Nadukuppam said that the police did not see whom they were attacking. “Most police personnel were men, there were hardly any lady personnel yet they attacked the women in the houses,” added Mani.
The women claimed that they were harassed and groped at the hands of the police apart from being abused for no fault of theirs. Kalpana, a resident of Rotary Nagar near Nadukuppam said that her husband was ruthlessly beaten by the lathis of the police.
The residents also claimed that the police threatened them, and they were forced to admit to the media that students and not the police committed the violence. Shahnawaz, 23-year-old AC mechanic said, “The police said if we don’t tell the media what they have asked us to say then they may come and burn our houses after the 26th of January.”
The violence did not confine to Nadukuppam only. People from nearby colonies like Neelam Pasha Dargah colony, also complaint as to how young children were injured because of stone pelting. A stone hit Fatima Begum’s 12-year-old nephew as the police tried to disperse the protestors.
For these slum dwellers, the week-long protest did not matter until Monday. They could barely spend time to think whether Jalikattu should get a ban or not, but after the riot, all they know is that they have faced a huge economic loss which no IT professional or student can help them recover.
Many of the residents injured in the violence, were admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital. Prabhakaran, Assistant Resident Medical Officer, today evening said, “Only 3 patients are still admitted in the casualty ward. Rest all were discharged yesterday.”