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Jallikattu Death Toll Rises to Five in Tamil Nadu

People attend a protest demanding to reverse a SC ban on the traditional bull-taming contests, known as Jallikattu, at the Marina beach in Chennai, January 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

A pro-Jallikattu protest at the Marina beach in Chennai, January 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

Pudukottai (TN):  A 42-year-old man was gored to death during a bull-taming event organised as part of the pongal festivities at Vadamalapur in the district on January 17, taking the toll related to Jallikattu this season to five police said.

The victim Jeeva, who had come to watch the sport was attacked by a bull, they said.

Yesterday, three spectators were killed during Jallikattu and Manjavirattu held in Tiruchirapalli and Sivaganga districts.

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, last year.

Jallikattu remained banned following a SC 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.

(PTI)

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  • ashok759

    Very unfortunate. The apex court has also placed thoughtful restrictions on the height of the human pyramid that is formed for dahi haandi in Bombay. It is for all of us to pay heed.