TN: Preparations for Alanganallur Jallikattu

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Madurai, Jan 16: With the Supreme Court clearing the decks for the conduct of 'Jallikattu (taming of bulls)', preparations are on in full swing by the Tamil Nadu Government to conduct the valour sport at Alanganallur village in this district tomorrow.

Thousands of visitors from various parts of the state were expected to congregate at Alanganallur, a quiet village famous for the centuries-old traditional adventure sport, on the morrow.

Jallikattu, fondly called 'Manju Virattu', this year assumed significance after the apex court had initially banned the event in Tamil Nadu terming it ''barbaric'' and subsequently granted permission yesterday to conduct it with certain safeguards, after the state government filed a review petition.

Official sources told UNI here today that as per the stipulations laid down by the Supreme Court, the event would be held under the strict supervision of the Animal Welfare Board authorities and the whole event would be videographed and sent to the apex court. The government was keen to ensure that no cruelty was done to the participating bulls.

Arrangements were being made to ensure the safety of thousands of spectators by erecting barricades. Medical teams would be kept ready in the village to treat the injured, while ambulances would be stationed to remove the critically injured to the hospitals. All the multi-speciality hospitals and the Government Rajaji Hospital here have been asked to keep its medical facilities on full alert to meet any emergency, the sources added.

Madurai District Collector S S Jawahar personally supervised the arrangements and he was expected to lead an official team, comprising Revenue and police officials, to monitor the event, tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Alanganallur village wore a festive look. Though the bull fight was held in many parts of the state, Alanganallur event attracted international attention as the number of bulls in action would be around 500 and more number of youngsters would participate in the sport here.


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