New Delhi :
During Jallikattu festivities in Madurai's Avaniapuram, 37 bull-tamers have been injured till now. Out of them 9 have been admitted to the hospital while rest have been given first aid. Over 1,200 bull tamers and around 950 bulls are taking part in the mega event.
Earlier, after getting a nod from the government and Supreme Court to organise the bull taming sport, Jallikattu is taking place in Avaniapuram district on Sunday.
As many as 20 ambulances and 15 medical teams have been proving assistance to ensure security and safety of the participants taking part in the event.
The bull-taming sport was formally inaugurated by Revenue Minister R B Udhayakumar and District Collector Veeraraghava Rao.
Notably, Jallikattu resumed in Tamil Nadu after the government intervened in the matter of ban imposed by Supreme Court on the bull taming sport.
The next round of Jallikattu festivities will be held in Madurai’s Alanganallur on February 10 where organisers are luring participants with attractive prizes. Winners can even stand a chance to win a car.
Other gifts include the likes of Royal Enfield bikes, tractors, gold coins and other mega prizes.
Significantly, the Alanganallur area is famous for its Jallikattu which every year attracts a large number of visitors including foreign spectators as well.
With the government of Tamil Nadu promulgating an ordinance and subsequently getting a Bill passed in the assembly to let Jallikattu happen in several parts of Tamil Nadu in past few days.
Usually held during the harvest festival of Pongal in mid-January, Jallikattu was not organised for past three years in view of the ban on the sport by Supreme Court.