Jallikattu claims two lives in Tamil Nadu

Photo related to popular bull taming sport Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.

Chennai: Tamil Nadu’s popular bull taming sport Jallikattu, was today held in parts of state with tens of thousands taking part but two participants were killed at one of the events.

According to organisers of the event said, it was held at Pudukottai, Trichy and Erode districts while a bullock cart race was organised in Coimbatore.

Police said, two bull valuters at Pudukottai were severely injured and died on the way to a hospital.

The sport involves young men latching on to the hump of bulls and one who manages to stay put even after the animal makes three jumps is declared a winner.

At times, the participants are thrown off the back of bulls or get gored by the animal.

The events were held after week-long state-wide protests by students and youths and followed the promulgation of an ordinance by the Tamil Nadu government amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act to hold Jallikatttu. The sport was banned by the Supreme Court in May 2014.

Attempts to hold the event at Natham Kovilpatti in Dindigul district was not successful due to protests against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam’s wish to flag it off.

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