As per the reports, three spectators of Jallikattu or bull taming sport were killed and several injured at various places in Tamil Nadu when bulls attacked them. In a village in Sivaganga district, two persons were killed when a bull attacked them after being released. Almost 50 people were injured in the attack.
In the same manner, in a Jallikattu in Trichy district, around 350 km from here, one viewer was killed and several others were injured in a bull’s attack. At the same time, Jallikattu was equally flagged off by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam at Alanganallur in Madurai district. About 1,000 bulls and over 1,200 bull tamers participated in the event. Jallikattu is Tamil Nadu’s traditional sport, a part of Pongal festivities. As per the rules of the Jallikattu, a bull tamer will be awarded a prize if he hangs on the hump of the animal for a certain period of time. The winning bull tamers and the owners of untamed bulls are awarded prized like cash, consumer durables, two-wheelers and others.
Two cars have been added to the award list for the Allanganallur event this year. Following huge protests last year against banning the sport, Jallikattu was held after the passing of an ordinance amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. On January 14, the year’s first Jallikattu event was held in Madurai.