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One Spectator Killed, 11 Sportsmen Injured in Palamedu Jallikattu

Kalimuthu, a 19 year old who was seated in a front row of the viewers’ gallery, suffered a fatal stomach injury when the bull running in the playing arena attacked him.

Jallikattu is typically practised in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day, which occurs annually in January. Credit: Flickr

Madurai: A teenaged spectator was gored to death by a bull while 11 competitors were injured during the bull taming sport of ‘jallikattu’ held near Palamedu on Monday, police said.

Kalimuthu, 19, who was seated in a front row of the viewers’ gallery, suffered fatal stomach injury when the bull running in the playing arena suddenly strayed and attacked him.

After first aid at the medical camp at the venue, the boy was rushed to the Rajaji Government Hospital here but died on the way, police said.

Kalimuthu’s friends said he did not expect the bull to attack him and could not react.

Barring the tragedy, the event was marked by traditional gaiety and valour with a participation of a total of 1,080 bulls and 1,188 sportsmen, officials said.

 

Tight security arrangements had been made with deployment of around 1,200 police personnel, police said.

The sport was held in the presence of the members from the Animal Welfare Board of India and other officials.

The 11 injured sportsmen were immediately treated at the medical camp put up at the venue and sent home.

The sport synonymous with Pongal festivities in this region returned in its full traditional gaiety during the festive period after a gap of three seasons.

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.

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