Madurai: 36 injured in Jallikattu event at Avaniyapuram

36 people were injured, one of them seriously, in a Jallikattu event held at Avanipuram in Madurai district amid high security on Sunday, in which more than 900 bulls were used.

Madurai: 36 injured in Jallikattu event at Avaniyapuram

36 people were injured, one of them seriously, in a Jallikattu event held at Avanipuram in Madurai district amid high security on Sunday, in which more than 900 bulls were used.

All the injured were being treated at the medical camp put up near the venue, police said. Prizes ranging from cycles, cupboards, travel bags and other items were awarded to the bull tamers.

Similarly, prizes were awarded to the owners of the bulls that managed wriggle out of the bull tamers’ hold.


The event was inaugurated by Revenue Minister R.B. Udhayakumar and District Collector Veeraraghava Rao.

Tamil Nadu on January 23 passed a law legalising Jallikattu, following week-long Statewide protests.

Jallikattu is usually conducted as part of Pongal festivities in Tamil Nadu. However, it was not held during the festival this year due to a Supreme Court ban.

Police said all precautionary measures, including mandatory medical tests for bulls and participants as laid down by the State government, were taken before the conduct of the traditional rural sport.