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Saturday January 19, 2008, 3:14 am
CHENNAI: People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) founder-director Ingrid Newkirk and two others were arrested for blindfolding a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Park in Coimbatore on Thursday while protesting against 'jallikattu'. They were later released.

Newkirk was protesting against cruelty to bovines in the name of sport and judicial sanction to the traditional bull-taming sport of Tamil Nadu.

Newkirk was arrested by the Coimbatore police along with Peta Campaign and Legal Affairs Coordinator N G Jayasimha and Sundaram, and a watchman on duty at the park. Newkirk had sought police permission to blindfold a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in front of the city corporation office in Chennai.

The police were at the corporation office in full strength to thwart the attempt, but the Peta director took them by surprise by going to the Gandhi Park.
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