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Jallikattu in Madurai: 55 injured
Tamil Nadu

Jallikattu in Madurai: 55 injured

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In the Jallikattu festival which is being held as part of Pongal in the various parts of Madurai, around 55 people have been injured on Wednesday.

Ten among the injured have been referred to Madurai Government Hospital for further treatment, while others were given first aid at the site of the game.

The traditional bull-fighting competition was held part of Pongal celebrations on Wednesday at Avaniyapuram in Madurai.

In Madurai, the bull-taming sport will take place at three villages – Avaniyapuram, Alanganallur and Palamedu. At Avaniyapuram in Madurai, 730 bulls have been participated. While 700 bulls will be participated in Alanganallur and 650 bulls will be part of Jallikattu competitions in Palamedu. Though there were restrictions, swarm of people gathered in various locations of Madurai to participate in the traditional bull-taming sport .

Earlier Supreme Court dismissed the plea to ban Jallikattu on Wednesday, giving green signal to Jallikattu fight of 2020.

The Madurai District collector has ordered restrictions to those below the age of 21. Reportedly, those willing to participate in the event will have to enrol at designated centres. Following the enrolling procedure, the participants will have to submit their fitness certificate. All precautionary measures have been taken according to the guidelines of Madras High Court. Security arrangements have also tightened in Madurai.

Before the bull-taming events, Retired Principal District Judge C Manickam, who has been appointed by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has made a visit to the venus in Madurai.

Jallikattu is immensely popular across Tamil Nadu where bulls are given special treatment and are trained for the race the year-round. Reportedly more than 2,000 bulls will participate in Jallikattu, which will be held till January 31 in Tamil Nadu.

Citing inhumanity against animals taking part in the event, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), India has written to the Tamil Nadu government seeking strict action against organisers of a Jallikattu event using a rare breed of foxes in Salem district.

Those who support Jallikattu argue that in the event none of the bulls are injured. As the programmes telecast live round the clock there would not be any kind of malpractice possible in the event, they said.

Jallikattu was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014, but the Tamil Nadu and central governments stepped in to reverse the bar amid widespread protests in the state. The ban, many fans argued, was an assault on Tamil pride. Supporters also claim that jallikattu helps them identify strong bulls for breeding.