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SC order comes as shocker for Kila Raipur Games’ participants

The Supreme Court’s stay on Centre’s notification lifting ban on controversial bull taming sport Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races has come as a dampener for participants at the Kila Raipur Games here.

punjab Updated: Jan 12, 2016 20:59 IST
Sukhpreet Singh
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A large numbers of participants have already bought new pairs of bulls for the February 4-7 event.(HT Photo)

The Supreme Court’s stay on Centre’s notification lifting ban on controversial bull taming sport Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu and bullock cart races has come as a dampener for participants at the Kila Raipur Games here.

Buoyed over Centre’s January 7 nod to bullock cart races, the participants had started full-scale preparations for the event which is the main attraction of the games — popularly known as Rural Olympics.

A large numbers of participants have already bought new pairs of bulls for the February 4-7 event.

.“The Supreme Court has taken a very harsh decision. The bullock cart races draw huge crowd. We have spent lakhs of rupees on these bulls. We request the authorities and judiciary to take a wise decision,” says Vicky of Gujjarwal village.

Satinder Singh Grewal of Kila Raipur said: “It’s very disheartening. I had started training my bulls to increase their stamina. I was also giving them expensive special diet”.

Balwinder Singh Jagga, secretary of Grewal Sports Club said, “After a go-ahead was given to races, Kila Raipur village members had organised an ‘akhand paath’. These races bring smile on faces of farmers. These shouldn’t be banned.”

Sandeep Jain, a member of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) from Ludhiana, said the SC’s stay has come on a petition filed by the Board terming bullock races illegal.