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The News Minute | January 4, 2015 | 10.55 AM IST Over 40 members of the Naam Tamizhar Katchi were arrested in Sivaganga, Tamil Nadu on Saturday for attempting to block a train demanding the lifting of ban on “jallikattu.” The party members also took two bulls along with them to block the Tiruchi-Manamadurai passenger train before the police detained them, The Hindu reported. “Jallikattu was a sport of valour organised in villages across the State. The ban on the sport amounted to destroying the Tamil culture and tradition,” K. Muruganandam, the joint secretary of the Ramanathapuram committee of the party said. He also used the occasion to criticize the union government for its double speaks. He said that while BJP’s Menaka Gandhi was opposed to the sport, Subramanian Swamy was in favour of it and had said that he would take up the matter legally. I may soon take up the Jallikattu issue since I have petitions from nearly 300 villages in TN — Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) December 24, 2014 The SC judgment on Jallikattu is almost ex parte-- TN Government did not put up a fight & MoEF Ms. Jayanti Natarajan supported ban in 2011!! — Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) December 26, 2014 Jallikattu, a bull taming sport in Tamil Nadu celebrated during the pongal festival, was banned by the Supreme Court in July 2014. People for Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Animal Welfare Board of India had appealed to the apex court seeking the sport’s ban as the bulls were tortured during the event. The Naam Tamizhar Katchi has also warned that it would organize state-wide protest if the ban was not revoked before Pongal which falls on January 14. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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