22 people injured in jallikattu near Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu
Following the legalization of bull-embracing sport jallikattu earlier this year, the string of injuries to those playing the sport continues. During a jallikattu organized at Keezhakurichi in Pudukottai on Friday, 22 people were injured.
The Hindu reported that they were treated by the special team of para-medical personnel who were present at the venue. In total, 350 bulls were brought in from Pudukottai, Sivaganga and Thanjavur districts. About 250 people participated in the sport.
There was a huge crowd of spectators for the game as it was taking place after six years. There were security personnel present during the sport.
On February 12, seven people died in different parts of Tamil Nadu during jallikattu. Three spectators died during `eruthu vidum vizha', a variant of jallikattu in Krishangiri district, two died in Vellore district and two more died in separate incidents in Madurai district.
In Krishnagiri district, two people died after they were knocked down by the bulls and one more died due to suffocation. A man was allegedly drunk and fell down when the crowd rushed to avoid a bull and died due to suffocation. A 60-year-old man at Bargur in Vellore district died after being knocked down by a bull. He had severe head injuries.
In a similar incident at Bargur, a 34-year-old man’s leg got stuck in a rope tied to a bull and he was pulled down. He too faced head injuries and died on the way to the hospital. A report had stated that the organizers did not follow the rules for the sport. The events did not have barricades, separating the spectators from the bulls.