Police officers go on the offensive during an anti-Tasmac protest in Tirupur on June 18. Photo: india.com

Criticizing the involvement of women and children in protests against government-run Tasmac liquor shops in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday said such expressions of opposition to the sale of alcohol have become  “a fashion” in the state, according to media reports.

During the Legislative Assembly session, KR Ramasamy, Congress legislature party leader, chided the government for its handling of the protests targeting Tasmac shops. He highlighted the recent Tirupur protests, during which a police officer was caught on camera hitting a female Tasmac opponent. 

The chief minister said in response, “I have already explained the Tirupur incident in detail. It has become a fashion for protesters to involve women and children. Police are doing their duty.”