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Unimpressive turnout at Siravayal ‘jallikattu’

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Only few bulls and tamers had come to participate

Poor show: ‘Jallikattu’ event taking place at Siravayal in Sivaganga district on Wednesday. —Photo: L. Balachandar
Poor show: ‘Jallikattu’ event taking place at Siravayal in Sivaganga district on Wednesday. —Photo: L. Balachandar

: Thousands of people thronged Siravayal, the village famous for hosting ‘jallikattu,’ on Wednesday but the event turned out to be unimpressive with low turnout of tamers and bulls.

A large number of people, including women and children, who thronged the sprawling ground in the village to witness the bull fight, returned disappointed as there were only a few bulls and tamers. Due to strict guidelines from the Supreme Court, only 10 bulls and 14 tamers could pass various tests.

A section of the crowd filled the make-shift gallery while others occupied all vantage positions to witness the event but the tamers could not even go near the bull. People whistled and shouted when the first bull was released from the “vadi vassal,” the entry point expecting the youths to tame the animal but the man positioned themselves at a safe distance.

None of them tried to tame the bulls. On the other hand, they took to their heels when the animals made ferocious move and advanced towards them menacingly.

Public enjoyed some lighter moments when one of the tamers managed to catch the tail of a hefty bull. When the bull meekly surrendered, all the tamers surrounded the animal and removed the prize tags tied around its neck.

Superintendent of Police R. Sakthivel said the ‘jallikattu’ passed off peacefully. The police made elaborate security arrangements and installed four check-posts to prevent bringing of ‘unauthorised’ bulls from neighbouring districts. Police said 19 people, all spectators, were injured when villagers freed the ‘kattu madu” in the open ground. None of the tamers were injured .

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