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Chennai, Jan 16: Despite Supreme Court ban, Jallikattu supporters continued to hold the sport in various parts of Tamil Nadu. Locals in Alanganallur in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai district conducted the bull taming sport on Monday morning. Defying the apex court ban, several youths have been detained at Mudakathan, Alanganallur, Palamedu and Vilangudi in Madurai district, at Nallampatti in Dindigul district and Pottuchavadi in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu for trying to hold Jallikattu.

On Sunday, locals gathered in Palamedu, where Jallikattu was traditionally being held a day after Pongal. People hurled black flags to protest against the Supreme Court ban on Jallikattu. Heavy police deploemnt was seen in Tamil Nadu to maintain law and order in the state. Shops and commercial establishments were shut as a mark of protest.

On January 12, the Supreme Court  rejected a plea seeking to allow Jallikattu during Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu.  An apex court bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R. Banumathi told a group of lawyers, who requested for the verdict, that it is unfair to ask the bench to pass an order.  The court had earlier in 2014 banned Jallikattu on grounds of animal cruelty.