3 killed in bull-taming sports in Tamil Nadu

3 killed in bull-taming sports in Tamil Nadu

Three people were killed during the traditional bull taming sports of Jallikattu and Manjavirattu held on Tuesday as part of Pongal festivities in Tamil Nadu.

Two spectators died watching the Manjavirattu (a sport slightly different from Jallikattu) at Siravayal in neighbouring Sivaganga district, police said.

In Aavarangaadu in Tiruchirappalli district, a person identified as Solai Pandian was gored to death by a raging bull during Jallikattu.

A 19-year-old spectator was gored to death by a bull at Palamedu in Madurai district  , on Monday.

At the Jallikattu in Alanganallur near Madurai, at least 25 people were injured on Tuesday.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami inaugurated the event, which saw the participation of nearly 1,100 bulls and 1,500 sportsmen.

Later, speaking to reporters, he said the bulls were not ill-treated.

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who was also present, said a permanent venue would be set up for organising Jallikattu in Alanganallur.

A large number of spectators, including foreign tourists, thronged Alanganallur village and cheered the competitors.

The winners received prizes, ranging from gold coins to furniture.

Around 1,200 police personnel were deployed for safety, police said.

Medical teams were also present on the spot.  

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