Chennai, April 17: At least 2 people killed and as many as 80 were injured in the bull taming sports Jallikattu which was held in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. The people who lost their lives during the event were only spectators of the show.The man has been identified as Thirunavakarau who was an engineering graduate, died on the spot after he was attacked by the bull, while another man "died of shock" when another bull ran towards him. Out of shock, he suffered a cardiac arrest, collapsed and died on the spot.
While a number of people including bull tamers were injured during the course of the event, a fight broke out between two groups after the organizers allegedly announced wrong prize winners. Following which, a number of valuables including motorbikes, and prizes were damaged.
“Usually we watch Jallikattu on TV only due to the big crowd and inadequate facility to view the event. But here there was a good opportunity to witness the action as the seating arrangements were good and passes were issued promptly,” said one of the spectator.
The police reportedly detained 10 people in connection with the violence caused by the event. This comes months after over 32 people were injured in a Jallikattu event held at Siravayal village. The state of Tamil Nadu saw a major uproar earlier this year after the Supreme Court put a ban on the bull taming sport. However, the residents of the state demanded the ban to be lifted since it was a traditional sport.