Three spectators of Jallikattu or bull taming sport were killed and several injured at different places in Tamil Nadu when bulls attacked them, according to reports.
The annual event, organised coinciding with ‘kanum pongal’ turned chaotic when villagers let loose bulls in the open as part of the traditional ‘manjuvirattu’, hours before the inauguration of ‘jallikattu’ organised by the villagers and district administration, adhering to the guidelines stipulated by the Supreme court.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam on Tuesday morning flagged off Jallikattu event in Alanganallur town in Madurai. The ministers offered new cars as gifts to the best bull-tamer and the owner of the most outstanding bull.
Aound 150 others injured in Jallikattu (bull taming) events held at various places across Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
Former Minister K.R. Periyakaruppan, BJP State president Tamilisai Soundarajan and BJP national secretary H Raja were among others witnessed the jallikattu.
Nearly 1,000 bulls and more than 1,200 bull tamers participated in the event on Tuesday in Alanganallur. Besides cars, the winners of the event were also got gifts like two-wheelers, television sets, gold coins, consumer durable and refrigerators, among other things.