Madurai, Jan 12: Security in the Southern Districts of Tamil Nadu has been ramped up in view of the tense situation prevailing there after the Supreme Court banned 'Jallikattu' (bull taming).
A senior police official of the South Zone told the sources that police personnel were deployed in Alanganallur, Palamedu and Avaniyapuram among other places in the Southern Districts to prevent any untoward incidents. A round-the-clock vigil was being maintained and police patrolling intensified to create confidence among the public, he added. Meanwhile, the residents of Alanganallur in this district have decided to observe the harvest festival 'Black Pongal' for the first time to protest the Supreme Court verdict which, they claim, has hurt the sentiments of the people.
They have also decided to hoist black flags in each and every house on Pongal falling on January 15.
The villagers said they would return their ration and Voter Identity Cards to the State Government if their demand for holding Jallikattu was not met.
As a token of protest, shops downed shutters today. 'Alanganallur Jallikattu' is a world-famous event and every year foreign tourists come to the village for the event.
A group of people, representing various Tamil organisations and residents, today met Madurai Collector S S Jawahar and appealed to take up the matter with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
'Jallikattu' takes place in villages throughout Tamil Nadu every January as part of the Pongal Festivities.The event dates back some 2,000 years and is eagerly awaited among the villagers of Tamil Nadu.