1 dead, 68 hurt in Palamedu jallikattu
Posted on January 18th, 2011 at 12:20 PM.
A 22-year-old bull tamer was killed and 68 people were injured during a jallikattu at Palamedu in Madurai district on Sunday.
Packiyaraj of Anna Nagar in Batlagundu, Dindigul district, was critically injured while taming a bull. He was immediately rushed to the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in Madurai. Doctors declared him “brought dead”.
Out of the 68 others injured, nine were being treated as in-patients at the GRH.
The event, organised by the Mahalingasamy Madam in Palamedu, was observed by the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and monitored by the district administration.
The jallikattu began at 10.30 am with the entry of the temple bull through a vaadivasal (a narrow opening through which bulls enter the arena), and three others from Palamedu followed.
Later, bulls from other parts of Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchy and Virudhunagar districts were also released.
Overall, 268 bulls took part in the festival. No bull tamer could flex his muscle for the first 20 minutes after the sport was declared open by Collector C Kamaraj.
The star attraction was a bull from Pallapatti that was untouched for about three minutes.
Ranjith and Mani, both from Mudakathan, tamed more than one bull in the event and bagged several prizes, including gold and silver coins, and other sponsored gifts.
A few miscreants tried to inflict pain on the animals by dragging their tail and beating them in the field.
This led altercations between bull owners and the miscreants several times.
Although 600 bull tamers had registered themselves, only about 200 were spotted in the arena in their uniform.
The police had stepped up vigil and ousted unregistered bull tamers who kept trying to sneak in. AWBI observers taped the game to spot any violation of the Supreme Court’s orders.
Sandip Mittal, Deputy Inspector General, Madurai Range, Sholavandan MLA P Moorthy, and Jallikattu Peravai president P Rajasekaran were also present.
Emergency medical services, including an ambulance, were kept ready at the venue.