Bull-taming event leaves 250 injured in Tamil Nadu village

March 29th, 2009 - 11:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu, March 29 (IANS) About 250 participants and a senior police official were injured Sunday in the Tamil Nadu’s Pudukkottai district during the bull-taming sport of Jallikkattu, the police said.
According to a police official, some 250 of the 2,500-plus participants who tried to rein in over 1,000 bulls suffered minor injuries in the event. Deputy Inspector General of Police P. Balasubramanian was also wounded during the sport in Naththamalai village of the district.

“Though the sport was conducted under the orders of the Supreme Court with adequate precautions, the unpredictable nature of the bulls and the enthusiasm of the participants resulted in a few scratches and that includes me,” Balasubramanian told IANS.

“Some 14 participants were referred to government hospitals in Tiruchirappalli and Thanjavur. Their injuries, however, were not serious,” he added.

According to police sources, the participants had come from six districts.

Two participants had died in a similar event in the state’s Ariyalur district March 15.

The sport had been banned till recently by the Supreme Court, following allegations of it endangering human lives and being an abuse of the animals.

During the last two decades, approximately 200 participants have lost their lives to Jallikkattu, according to petitions filed in the apex court.

The event is regularly conducted in at least six places in central and southern Tamil Nadu during the advent of spring.

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