At Sakkudi jallikattu 50 tamers were injured, 11 referred to GRH

Amid tight security, jallikattu — the traditional bull taming sport — was held at Sakkudi on Sunday.

Around 50 bull tamers sustained minor injuries and 11 of them were referred to the Government Rajaji Hospital, said P. Rajasekaran, organiser of the event.

Nearly 650 bulls from various parts of the State such as Kangeyam, Theni, Kovilpatti, Dindigul, Namakkal, Sivaganga, Salem, Pudukottai, Tiruchi and Madurai took part in the jallikattu.

Over 500 bull tamers gathered inside the arena to tame the raging bulls. Decked with flowers and splashed with colours, the raging bulls were let one by one into the arena through the ‘Vadi Vasal’ (entrance).

Those who tamed the bulls were given prizes such as cots, utensils, cell phones and bi-cycles. The owners of the sturdier bulls that managed to escape the grip of the tamers were also given prizes. On a few occasions, minor commotions ensued as the bulls that finished the game entered the arena again and as a few bulls refused to leave the arena after their turn.

The event started at 8.30 a.m. and ended at 2 p.m. The sport was held in compliance with the orders of the Supreme Court and the High Court. The organisers distributed buttermilk and biscuit packets for the participants.

Madurai Superintendent of Police V. Balakrishnan and Additional Superintendent of Police (ADSP) V. Mayilvaganan supervised the security arrangements. Around 40 veterinary surgeons headed by P.Rajasekaran, Joint Director of Animal Husbandry were stationed at Sakkudi and subjected the bulls to medical test. The participants were also asked to undergo the medical test. A.J.A. Jeyasingh Gnanadurai, Personal Assistant (Agriculture) to the District Collector, monitored the event. Government and private ambulances were stationed at the village.

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