Alanganallur Jallikattu: 2 dead, more than 30 injured

A bull rearer and a spectator died at the Jallikattu event held in Alanganallur in Madurai on Friday. The owner of a bull and an audience member — died during the Jallikattu event.

Over 30 were injured in the event, with nine of them being taken to the Madurai Rajaji Government General Hospital for treatment. According to reports, the deceased men have been identified as Sridhar from Sholavandan and Chellapandi from Chekkanurani.

Sridhar owned a bull, which participated in the event on Friday. During the event, he was hit by his own bull and was killed. Chellapandi, who was at Alanganallur to watch the event, fainted in the gallery. Though he was administered First Aid at the Primary Healthcare Centre and referred to another hospital, he died on the way.

The Jallikattu started early on Friday morning, with the people of Alanganallur sounding songs, cheers and whistles, when the first bull was released at 7.47 a.m. through the vadivasal.

Revenue Minister R. B. Udayakumar, MLAs from Madurai, District Collector T. G. Vinay and Retired Principal District Judge C. Manickam who has been appointed by the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court as Chairman of the organising committee for jallikattu in Avaniyapuram, Palamedu and Avaniyapuram, inaugurated the event.

District collector T G Vinay, south zone IG K P Shanmuga Rajeswaran, Madurai range DIG Annie Vijaya and SP N Manivannan together conducted the event. Rajeswaran said that 1,800 police personnel, one additional SP, 10 ADSPs and 30 DSPs were deployed for security arrangements.

Out of the 750 registered bulls, 740 were allowed to enter the arena. Five were rejected due to medical reasons while the remaining five could not be released due to want of time.