Madurai

Ayyampalayam jallikattu suspended

The annual jallikattu proposed to be held at the Ayyampalayam Chinna Muthamman Temple on February 3 (Sunday) has been ‘suddenly’ suspended by the officials citing law and order problems.

According to the organisers, they have been conducting the jallikattu every year from time immemorial. Tamers and bull owners from as many as 51 villages and towns in and around Dindigul, Tiruchi, Manaparai, Pudukottai, Alanganallur, Sivaganga and Theni and among others participated.

This year, close to 415 bulls were registered and about 500 tamers had given their names from Ayyampalayam, Chinna Ayyampalayam and Thevarapanpatti villages. After the organisers were given the go ahead by the revenue authorities and police, special gallery for viewers, vaadi vasal and space for medical examination of the bulls were readied at a cost of about ₹10 lakh.

When such was the scenario, trouble arose when a section of Dalits from the village wanted representation in the organising committee. While they submitted petition in the weekly grievance day meeting a fortnight ago, the officials didn’t take any tangible action.

Though the organisers were told to accord representation to all sections from the village orally, they didn’t agree, according to a revenue official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

When The Hindu contacted Collector T. G. Vinay on Saturday, he responded through SMS that he was in a meeting.

In the meantime, a large posse of policemen led by Nilakottai DSP Balaguru, RDO Geetha, Tahsildar Prabha were stationed at the village. The organisers said that they would approach the High Court Bench seeking justice and described the action of officials as contempt of court.

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