Jallikattu: Protesters defy Supreme Court's ban, 30 detained in Madurai
Media reports said heavy police force was deployed since yesterday in Avaniapuram, Palamedu and Alanganallur, famous locations for jallikattu in Madurai District, as various organisations vowed to violate the ban and organise the sport.
Tamil Nadu Police on Saturday took at least 30 Jallikattu supporters into preventive custody in Madurai district of the state, after they tried to defy the Supreme Court's ban on the controversial sport.
According to the ANI report, the state police first lathicharged the protesters who have been agitating against the ban in the Madurai's Avaniapuram area. The apex court has already put a ban on the controversial bull-taming sport played during Pongal festival.
The report said, heavy police force was deployed since yesterday in Avaniapuram, Palamedu and Alanganallur, famous locations for jallikattu in Madurai District, as various organisations vowed to violate the ban and organise the sport.
Meanwhile, politician in the state have also come out in support of Jallikattu, encouraging people to join the traditional bull taming sport.
Jallikattu has been held in at least 10 places, although on a smaller scale, with the authorities mainly looking the other way.
The sport was held at Kalathangal near Madurai, drawing a large number of tourists, foreigners included. On Friday, state police also broke up structures set up by Jallikattu organisers at one place and dispersed those gathered there.
But three MLAs present at the site warned that people would defy ban order and take part in Jallikattu.
Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has already declared that the event would be held this year.
At the Marina beach in Chennai, hundreds of college students formed a human chain demanding the lifting of the ban on Jallikattu.
Several organisations have plans to organise Jallikattu events during the three-day Pongal festival starting on Saturday.
The Supreme Court has ruled out giving a ruling on an appeal against the ban on Jallikattu before Pongal, effectively banning the whole sport which involves young men attempting to "tame" a running bull — briefly.