One Killed and Several Injured in Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu
Jallikattu is organised on Mattu Pongal day and is dedicated to cattle.
CHENNAI: The annual Jallikattu event hosted in the Palamedu and Avaniyapuram region of the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu left one dead and at least 100 people injured as they were hit by raging bulls. The Minister of Commercial Taxes of Tamil Nadu P Moorthy had inaugurated the event in the presence of the DC of Madurai S Aneesh Sekhar.
According to reports, Aravind Raj, a 26-year-old bull tamer succumbed to the injuries that he received during the event in Palamedu on Monday. He was gored by a raging bull, following which he was shifted to the local Primary Health Center where he was administered first aid and then to the Government Rajaji Medical College Hospital for better treatment.
According to a police statement, the youth was gored in the abdomen when he was attempting to embrace a bull during the game. It was also mentioned that the victim was faster than the raging animals and had a unique skull of bull taming. He was among the list of people who embraced the maximum number of bulls from a total of 800. These animals were released since morning from the Vadivasal from the arena. 18 more people suffered injuries in this region.
More than 75 people including bull trainers, owners and the public were injured during the Jallikattu event in the Avaniyapuram region of the district on Sunday.
Jallikattu is organised on Mattu Pongal day and is dedicated to cattle. This year's first event was conducted at Avaniyapuram on Sunday matching the first day of the harvest season. 737 bulls were released at the event along with the participation of 257 bull tamers. The Palamedu event hosted on Monday saw the release of nearly 800 bulls and the participation of 335 bull trainers.
Vijay of Solai Alagupuram was awarded the best bull trainer award and received a four-wheeler as his prize and the bull belonging to Kamesh of Kaathanendal received the best bull award and the owner received a two-wheeler as his award at Avaniyapuram.
In the Avaniyapuram Jallikattu, Vijay of Solai Alagupuram was awarded the best bull tamer award for taming 28 bulls and received a car as the prize and the bull belonging to Kamesh of Kaathanendal was announced as the best bull. The bull owner was given a motorcycle.