35 hurt in jallikattu in Tiruchi

This was the first officially-permitted jallikattu in the district since the Assembly passed a Bill for the conduct of the sport.

35 hurt in jallikattu in Tiruchi

Over 35 people, including many spectators, were injured in jallikattu at Karungulam village in Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu on Sunday.

This was the first officially-permitted jallikattu in the district since the Assembly passed a Bill for the conduct of the sport.

A spectator sustained grievous injuries and was admitted to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in Tiruchi, The Hindu reported.

The seven-hour-long event saw the participation of over 400 bulls brought from Tiruchi, Madurai, Sivaganga, Dindigul, Pudukottai, Theni, Perambalur and Thanjavur districts.


Held amidst heavy security, with surveillance cameras installed at various points, the event was conducted as per the customary practice on the last Sunday of January as part of the ‘Anthoniyar’ Pongal festival.

The participating bulls were checked by a team of veterinarians to determine if they were fit.

The teams took saliva swab samples from the animals to determine whether they were given alcohol and five bulls were disqualified for different reasons.

Simultaneously, over 400 bull tamers were also medically examined and 19 were disqualified after they were reportedly found to have consumed alcohol.

The event organising committee had established double barricades made of wood with wire fencing along either side of the arena to prevent onlookers from entering the ground.

Collector KS Palanisamy was reportedly forced to stop the release of bulls on multiple occasions, after some of the tamers were found to have acted against the rules and some onlookers tried to push through barricades.

The police resorted to mild force to keep spectators away from the exit point.