Dispur, Jan 28: Inspired by the Jallikattu row in Tamil Nadu, banned buffalo fight was organised in Assam’s Nagaon district on Friday. As per reports by ANI, the spectators present during the buffalo fight said that it is a part of their culture. As per reports, more than 15 pairs of buffaloes were made to fight at a large ground in Ahatguri, Assam. Ahatguri is a popular place where buffalo fights have been taking place since 1972.
As per TOI report, the Ahatguri Moh Juj Aru Bhogali Utsav Udjapan Samiti (AMJABUUS) on January 25 decided to formally organize Assam’s traditional Moh Juj (buffalo fight) at Ahatguri in Morigaon district on Friday. Buoyed by Tamil Nadu’s Jallikattu event, preparations were made and the traditional buffalo fight was held in on January 27. Hundreds of people thronged to attend the fight.
The Magh Bihu celebration, held in month of January, people in Assam hold the bulbul/ buffalo fights as a part of their age old tradition. The organisers of the buffalo fight have keenly observing the developments in Tamil Nadu after supporters held mass demonstrations for not allowing the bull-taming sport- Jallikattu.
As per report by Economic Times, Pranabjyoti Das, secretary of the committee that organizes the biggest buffalo fight at Ahatguri in Assam said that the ban on buffalo fight was due to Jallikatu, now that an ordinance has cleared the same we to can organize buffalo fight. He further stated, “In Ahatguri the event is held twice, first one takes place on the first day of Hindu month of Magh while the second one takes place after the Republic Day. We have not organized since 2015.” Reports stated that organizers in Assam also appealed to state government for allowing the traditional bulbul (songbird) fight that is held on the first day of Magh Bihu.
Buffalo fights were not held in the state after the Supreme Court, while banning the bull-taming sport in 2014 passed an order prohibiting all animal races and fights. The Court had also directed the Animal Welfare Board of India and the government to prevent infliction of forced pain and suffering to animals.