Around 30 persons were injured at the end of third round of Jallikattu in the famous Palamedu. Six of them, who sustained severe injuries, were admitted to Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai. Madurai District Collector Natarajan flagged off the sporting event at 8 am in Palamedu. Several strict rules and regulations are in place.
The participants and authorities will have to strictly abide by the rules to ensure smooth conduct of the event. One such rule is to issue tokens for all participating bulls. At Avaniyapuram, another popular spot for Jallikattu, the famous bull taming festival kickstarted on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the authorities are gearing up to host Jallikattu in Alanganallur tomorrow.
The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court recently appointed an organising committee under the chairmanship of retired Principal District Judge C Raghavan to review the arrangements at Avaniapuram, one of the most popular Jallikattu spots. This was done following writ petitions filed by different groups due to issues within the organising committee comprising local people that usually conducted the event.
Jallikattu, also known as eru thazhuvuthal and manju virattu, is a traditional spectacle in which bull is released into a crowd of people, and multiple human participants attempt to grab the large hump on the bull's back with both arms and hang on to it while the bull attempts to escape. Participants hold the hump for as long as possible, attempting to bring the bull to a stop. In some cases, participants must ride long enough to remove flags on the bull's horns.