A 19-year-old boy of was mauled to death during the ongoing bull taming sport, ‘Jalikattu’, in Chennai’s Madurai on Monday. As per sources in the police, the unfortunate incident happened at the end of the bull taming enclosure known as the collection point.
From various eye witnesses account, it is learnt that the deceased, Kalimuthu, was a participant in the first round and was killed after the bull hit him at the end of the sport.
All safety arrangements, like doctors, veterinarians and ambulances were arranged by the Madurai district administration for the event.
Kalimuthu was declared brought dead when he was taken to the nearby hospital after being hit by the bull’s horns. As many as 643 bulls and 479 players participated in the sporting event.
The three-day bull taming sport takes place every year at the time of Mattu Pongal.
Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisami and deputy chief minister O Paneerselvam is expected to attend on Tuesday to mark the final day of the event.
Jallikattu remained banned following a Supreme Court order in May 2014 before the state government last year brought an ordinance to facilitate its conduct at the height of a massive protest held at Marina Beach in Chennai and several places across the state.
Accordingly, jallikattu was held in some places during the third week of January and in the first week of February elsewhere, including Palamedu, last year.