Lovers of bullock cart races reached Sanya village on July 29 to participate in trial races following the Punjab and Haryana high court’s recent decision to allow the races.
The court had recently observed that the animals were being treated well by their owners. Bull Owners Association president Jasbir Singh Bittu hailed the decision.
The trials took place in four shifts. Sunny of Kila Raipur won the first position in the 500 m race by clocking 24.53 seconds; Sukhchain Singh Tingi stood second by clocking 25.18 seconds. It was a day to rejoice for race lovers as they came from far-off places like Hoshiarpur, Sangrur, Patiala and Ludhiana.
Binder Singh Birmi, who is passionate about the races, had brought the pair of bullocks that he recently bought for Rs 7 lakh.
“We are happy at the court decision as since our childhood, buying bullocks, getting them ready and participating in these games has been a family tradition,” said Birmi.
Jagtar Singh, 70-year-old resident of Chammat village, said, “When these races were banned, we felt a huge void in our lives. We pay more attention to bullocks than even our children and are not cruel to them.”
As men jostled with one another to have a better view of the trials, there was not even a single woman spectator.