Six people were seriously injured in a Jallikattu event held on Thursday at Palamedu village. The village is located 25 kms away from Madurai and is one of the hubs for the bull taming sport in Tamil Nadu.
Police said 42 others suffered minor injuries, were treated as outpatients at the local medical camp and discharged. Two bulls were also injured in the fight.
The bull taming sport attracted huge crowds as it was last held in 2015. More than 2000 police were deployed for security duty. As many as 850 bulls participated in the event and 1600 players also took part in the game.
Officials said the players and the bulls were subjected to medical examination before being allowed to participate. The participants earlier took an oath before DistrictCollector Veeraraghava Rao to follow the guidelines.
Before the bulls were released, special poojas were performed and offerings made to the presiding diety. The winners were given motorbikes, cycles and other items as prizes.