Jallikattu conducted in Theni, Dindigul

Staff Reporter
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Persons below 18 years not allowed to participate

DON'T COME NEAR:A bull taking on a tamer at the jallikattu in Thavasimadai near Dindigulon Sunday.— Photo: G. Karthikeyan
DON'T COME NEAR:A bull taking on a tamer at the jallikattu in Thavasimadai near Dindigulon Sunday.— Photo: G. Karthikeyan

: A total of 625 bulls from Theni, Dindigul, Madurai, Tiruchi, Thanjvaur, Sivaganga, Ramanthapuram, Virudhunagar and Pudukottai districts were lined up for the jallikattu conducted at Iyyampatti near Uthamapalayam on Sunday evening. After checking their physical condition, as per court directive, 196 bulls were not allowed to participate. After elimination, 429 strong and energetic bulls were ready to take part in man-animal ‘combat.'

Fifty-two tamers were fully prepared to handle these unbridled bulls. Thirty persons sustained injuries in the event and three of them grievously.

One was referred to Madurai Government Rajaji Hospital and two others were treated at Chinnamanur and Theni government hospitals.

Persons below 18 years were not allowed to participate.

Uniforms were given to all participants. Doctors checked the tamers also, along with the animals. Persons who were in an inebriated mood were removed from the field, said Collector K.S. Palanisamy, who inspected the event.

Sufficient police force was deployed. Veterinary and medical camps were set up to treat injured animals and people.


Jallikattu was also conducted at Thavasimadai as part of St. Antony's Church festival.

Fiery bulls proved that they were formidable. They did not hesitate to toss the tamers in the air.

One bull that went away from the main field suddenly returned and attacked a tamer who was trying to overpower another bull. In the unexpected attack from the second bull, he was crushed between two bulls.

He sustained severe injuries. Two uniforms were given to tamers that confused the regulators to monitor. Moreover, there were no restrictions on overpowering a single bull.

More than 15 to 20 persons hung on all sides of the bull. Around 200 bulls took part. Thirty persons were injured.

  • Uniforms were given to all participants

  • Doctors checked the tamers also




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