Reportedly over 35 men have been injured in the annual bull-taming event of Jallikattu in Tamilnadu’s Avaniyapuram in madurai district. Meanwhile the injured include participants, spectators and bull owners and they were sent to a government hospital for treatment. Furthermore the event at Avaniyapuram marked the beginning of the annual bull-taming sport. Over 700 bulls and about 750 participants took part in the event.
Earlier on wednesday, the supreme court dismissed a petition to stay Jallikattu. Perhaps saying that it will not interfere in the matter, the apex court dismissed the petition and asked the petitioners to approach the madras High Court. Perhaps the traditional Jallikattu is part of the pongal festival celebrations in the state. A bull tamer has to hang on the bull's hump for a few minutes to claim the prize, which includes gold and silver coins and household articles. Also participants were instructed not to touch the horns of the bulls, not to chase the animal in large number and to let go of the bull after tthe allotted distance. In each round, about 60 to 70 participants with colour coded T-shirts took part.
Moreover a huge number of spectators, including many foreign tourists, attended the event. The sporting arena was barricaded from the galleries and enclosures marked for spectators. Apparently an official told that some participants, who were found to be under the influence of alcohol, and some restless animals were disallowed. No bulls have been injured in the event and elaborate security arrangements were made and access to medical facilities were on standby. The event was held under the supervision of a panel, led by a retired judge.