Apex Court's verdict on Jallikattu creates tension

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Madurai, Jan 14 (UNI) The Southern districts of Tamil Nadu remain tensed, with the residents protesting against the apex court verdict banning the 'Jallikattu' (bull fight) event.

Dejected over the court verdict, hundreds of residents of Alanganallur, led by Alanganallur Town Panchayat President N Azhagu Umadevi, observed fast for the second day today.

The people of Palamedu villages also joined the fast. About 15 villagers tonsured their head and black flags were hoisted in several parts of Southern districts to show protest.

Talking to reporters, Umadevi said Jallikattu was ''part and parcel'' of rural society in Tamil Nadu that could not be ignored.

The people would not accept the ban on the event, she added.

A large number of police personnel was deployed in the villages to prevent any untoward incidents.

The residents of Alanganallur and Palamedu had announced that they would continue their fast tomorrow also.

Meanwhile, Madurai district Collector S S Jawahar, Superintendent of Police T S Anbu rushed to New Delhi in view of Tamil Nadu Government filing a review petition in the apex court, seeking lifting the ban in view of law and order problem in the state.

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