The man and his friends were encouraged by the views their previous video on TikTok featuring his bull received and wanted to make more such videos.

news Death Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 14:43

The craze for popularity on TikTok app has claimed yet another life, this time in Coimbatore. A 22-year-old youth drowned in a pond while filming a TikTok video with his bull.

According to the police, the incident happened on November 21 around afternoon. Vigneswaran, a resident of Rayarpalayam near Karumathampatty in Coimbatore district, is a bull enthusiast and owned many bulls in his house. He prepares the bulls to participate in rekla races and jallikattu events across the state. He was also popular on the entertainment mobile application TikTok for uploading short videos featuring the bulls and himself.

On Wednesday, November 20, he and his friends Parameswaran, Buvaneswaran and Madhavan had gone to a pond in Vadugapalayam to take bath and wash his bull. They had uploaded the video on Thursday and received over 1,000 views, which prompted them to do another video and upload it. Encouraged by the ‘views’ on the video, the men went to the pond again on Thursday, to repeat the stunt. The latest video uploaded by Vigneswaran in his TikTok page six days ago shows a bull jumping inside the water, trying to shake off a man who was sitting on it.

While Vigneswaran was on the bull, his friends were standing a little away, filming it. Suddenly, the bull got disturbed and moved to a deeper area in the pond, throwing Vigneswaran off its back. Seeing this, Vigneswaran’s friends tried to reach him and help but couldn’t due to the water’s depth. Vigneswaran, who did not know swimming, drowned to his death in the pond.

The Fire and Rescue Services personnel and the police, who were alerted by the friends, rushed to the spot and fished out Vigneswaran from the pond. His body has been sent for autopsy to the Government Hospital in Coimbatore. The police have registered an FIR in the incident. The bull, however, seems to have escaped unhurt. 

Earlier in 2019, a 24-year-old woman killed herself on TikTok allegedly because her husband scolded her for using the app and uploading videos. According to reports, Anitha, the woman who killed herself, was advised by her husband to quit TikTok app and following this, she killed herself while filming the act on TikTok.