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Jallikattu begins at Palamedu in Madurai

Bull tamers try to get hold of bulls at the jallikattu event held at Palamedu on Thursday.

Bull tamers try to get hold of bulls at the jallikattu event held at Palamedu on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: R. Ashok

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A total of 157 bulls were released in the first two rounds and tamers were allowed in batches of 75

The Jallikattu event at Madurai’s Palamedu began at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

A total of 17 people including 5 bull tamers, 2 bull owners and 10 spectators were injured till 2 p.m at the event. Among them, three have been referred to Government Rajaji Hospital for treatment. A total of 157 bulls were released in the first two rounds.

The tamers were allowed in batches of 75, after clearing the health check-up essential before entering the arena.

Around 2,000 policemen were deployed for the event. Ambulances were kept ready near the ‘vaadivasal’ (entry point to the arena) to ferry injured persons to the nearest Primary Health Centre.

Several residents of Madurai and tourists from across the globe thronged the arena to watch the sport.

C. Malar, who had flown down from Malaysia with her family, said that it was exciting to watch the bulls fight their way out of the ‘vaadivasal’.

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