Trichy, Jun 30: A 25-year-old man was killed and hundreds were injured in a 'jallikattu" organised at the Anna Stadium here on Sunday, June 29. The deceased was identified as N. Subramani of Uchimaankottai in Thanjavur district. The injured have been admitted to government and private hospitals. The 'jallikattu" was organised by the district unit of the DMK as part of the birthday celebrations of their party leader M. Karunanidhi
It was a sport, which the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK)-led Tamil Nadu government banned last year. But now, the controversial bull-fight is back on the pitch in Trichy, and this extreme sport has the blessings of the ruling DMK. Says, Manikandan, a DMK worker, "We are happy DMK has allowed the bull fight in the city."
At the end of the day not everyone went home happy. Many were left to nurse broken bones while one young man paid with his life. Chandrashekar, relative of victim, said, "Karunanidhi is a respected leader. It's fine with celebrating his birthday, but not this way harming the public."
Last year, the DMK chief had rejected jalliakattu as the thing of the past and said, “Brides used to prefer daring men who could tame a raging bull. But that's in the past." In simple terms, jallikattu is an extreme dangerous sport. So questions are being asked whether a ruling party should endorse such an event.