Pudukkotai: Two visitors were killed and at least 40 bull-tamers were injured in the largest Jallikattu event held at Viralimalai near Pudukkottai on Sunday. The deceased (both 35-years-old) identified as A Ram and Sathish Kumar. They were attacked by the bulls and they later succumbed to their injuries. The bull-tamers who were injured in the event received medical support at the special medical camp present in the venue.
The event was inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam.
The Viralimalai Jallikattu is set to enter the league of world-famous bull-taming sports hosted at Alanganallur in Madurai district, said Palaniswami while hosting the event. It entered the Guinness World Records with the participation of as many as 1,353 bulls, 424 bull-tamers and lakhs of visitors on Sunday. A two-member team including a woman from World Kings-World Records Union, London were invited to witness the Viralimalai Jallikaatu. At the end of the day, after analysing the event, the judges declared the event as the largest Jallikattu event conducted till date. To honour the world record created, a certificate was presented by the London team to politician Vijayabaskar.
Visitors from various countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Canada had come to witness the season’s largest ever competition. Galleries were arranged for them by nearly 30,000 people, stated a media report. To ensure the smooth functioning of the event, over 2,000 police have been deployed at the area.
Jallikattu was banned by the Supreme Court in 2014 after complaints of extreme animal cruelty. However, Tamil Nadu enacted a law in 2017 to bypass the top court’s verdict, owing to massive protests challenging the ban of the event. During that year, in the third week of January and the first week of February, Jallikattu was held in certain places.
(With Agency inputs)