More than 100 injured in 'Jallikattu' in TN

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Madurai, Jan 16 (UNI) A day after the Supreme Court lifted the ban on 'Jallikattu' (taming of bulls), more than 120 people were injured, four of them seriously, in the two events at Palamedu village in the district and Suriyur Village near Tiruchirapalli today Police said as many as 360 specially reared bulls were brought from Madurai, Dindigul, Theni, Virudhunagar, Tiruchirapalli, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts for the event here.

Fourteen of the injured were admitted to the Government Rajaji Hospital in the city. Others were treated at various hospitals in the district.

The condition of S Gnanam (42) of Kaththakatti Village near Vadipatti was stated to be critical.

In Tiruchirapalli district, 43 people were injured, three of them seriously, in the rural sport.

The three people, who sustained serious injuries, were admitted to a private hospital in the city, while others were being treated at medical camps set up near the venue.

The Madurai report quoting State Special Branch (SB) Police sources said tight security arrangements were made. District Collector S S Jawahar and Superintendent of Police P Anbhu were present at the venue to monitor the event.

Under the guidelines laid down by the apex Court, Animal Welfare Board officials were also present in the village for the event.

All the bulls were subject to medical test before the start of the event. Police checked the participants thoroughly for any sharp weapons and tokens issued.

The event was videographed to comply with the court rules and barricades erected for the safety of the visitors.


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