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22 injured at Jallikattu event in Pudukottai district

The event, which took place in Keezhakurichi in Pudukottai, involved 350 bulls from Pudukottai, Sivaganga, and Thanjavur districts, and saw a total of 250 participants.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2017 15:53 IST
HT Correspondent
The bull taming sport was held in Keezhakurichi in Pudukottai district after six years and drew huge crowds.
The bull taming sport was held in Keezhakurichi in Pudukottai district after six years and drew huge crowds.(AP FILE PHOTO)

Twenty-two people were injured at a Jallikattu event held in Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu on Friday.

The event, which took place in Keezhakurichi in Pudukottai, involved 350 bulls from Pudukottai, Sivaganga, and Thanjavur districts, and saw a total of 250 participants.

According to local reports, a huge crowd was present at the venue as the bull-taming sport was being held for the first time in the village in six years, and after it was legalised earlier this year.

A team of paramedics was on standby at the venue as per the new stipulations.

On February 12, seven people died at different places across Tamil Nadu during Jallikattu bouts, including three in Krishnagiri, two in Vellore, and two more in Madurai district.

In January, three people died during a bout organised by the then health minister, Vijaya Bhaskar, at his home village of Rapoosal in Pudukottai.

Jallikattu, a traditional sport played predominantly in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, was the subject of intense protests at Chennai’s iconic Marina Beach earlier this year, after the Supreme Court and the Centre refused to legalise the sport in time for Pongal, the Tamil harvest festival.

Following a week of continuous protests, the Tamil Nadu government passed an emergency legislation which allowed the sport to be played.