Bull-taming event claims two lives in Tamil Nadu

March 15th, 2009 - 11:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Ariyalur (Tamil Nadu), March 15 (IANS) Two people have died and at least 65 injured during the bull-taming sport of Jallikkattu in a Tamil Nadu town, the police said Sunday.
The bodies of N. Sivasami, 43, and M. Ganeshan, 38, were handed over to their families, a police official said. The injured were undergoing treatment in hospitals in nearby Tiruchirappalli and Thanjavur, the official added.

During the event Saturday, enraged bulls gored the participants who tried to “control” them, according to police sources in Ariyalur, 300 km south of state capital Chennai.

The event involves young men attempting to tame bulls released suddenly from their cattle pens to claim minor rewards tied on the bulls’ sharp horns.

Cases have been registered against three people for allegedly not adhering to orders of the Supreme Court, the police added.

Following a petition of the Animal Welfare Board of India, the Supreme Court had banned the event in Tamil Nadu.

The Supreme Court last week lifted the ban after hearing petitions from litigants here. It stipulated that the event ought to be conducted “in complete safety without endangering either humans or animals”, and warned that the administration and petitioners would be held responsible for any untoward incident.

The sport has claimed over 200 lives during the last two decades, according to an estimate.

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