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One killed, 200 injured in Alanganallur jallikattu

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LETHAL:Youths struggling to tame a bull at the jallikattu held in Alanganallur near Madurai on Monday. Photo: K. Ganesan
LETHAL:Youths struggling to tame a bull at the jallikattu held in Alanganallur near Madurai on Monday. Photo: K. Ganesan

Staff Reporter

More than 400 bulls from various districts took part in the event Their humps were oiled to make it difficult for the tamers to grapple with them

MADURAI: One person was killed and more than 200 were injured in `jallikattu' held at Alanganallur, 18 km from here, on Monday.

Durai (39), who sustained grievous injuries, was declared "brought dead" to Government Rajaji Hospital here. Thirty-five of the injured were referred to the hospital.

Over 400 bulls from Theni, Pallavarayanpatti, Cumbum, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Pudukottai and neighbouring villages such as Muduvarpatti, Palamedu, Senthamangalam, Valasai, Valliankundram, Kulamangalam and Vilampatti took part in the event. It was organised by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department and the Alanganallur panchayat as part of Pongal.

After offering prayers at the Muniyandi Swami temple, the organisers performed pujas to the bulls.

Later, prizes worth Rs. 3 lakhs, to be given away to those who successfully "tamed" the bulls, were taken out in procession.

The Muniyandi Swami temple bull was the first to be let out of the `vaadivaasal' (narrow entry gate), followed by other bulls, all colourfully decorated. Their humps were oiled to make it difficult for the tamers to grapple with them.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Madurai Range) Karuna Sagar and Superintendent of Police Abhay Kumar Singh monitored the elaborate security arrangements.

The Alanganallur `jallikattu' attracts a large number of foreigners. The Department of Tourism had made special arrangements for the foreigners to witness the event. The panchayat constructed a concrete gallery to accommodate them.

The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation operated special buses.

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