In a situation that is fast turning into a nightmare for the Tamil Nadu government, two people lost their lives in a jallikattu event at Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu.
The event was inaugurated by Health minister Vijay Bhaskar. The District collector, School Education minister Mafoi Pandiarajan and other government officials were also present in the village, according to a government press release on the event.
Pudukottai district collector Ganesh confirmed to TNM that two people had lost their lives in the jallikattu organized by the government.
According to local reporters, Mohan (32) was one of the organisers and he was severely injured after a bull charged at him.
Raja (35) a participant also died after sustaining severe injuries.
The two were taken to a government hospital, according to the police. The hurriedly organised jallikattu at Rapoosal village of Pudukottai did not abide by most safety regulations, according to reports.
According to sources, more than 80 people were injured, and these included spectators.
Visuals that were beamed on many TV channels showed many men inside the arena as the bulls were left loose. More than 150 bulls took part in the event.
Organisations like PETA and PFA have vehemently opposed jallikattu due to the cruelty meted out to the bulls taking part in the event. The loss of human life too has influenced all of Supreme Court’s previous judgments in the case.
Though Chief Minister O Pannerselvam had camped in Madurai since Saturday night, villagers at Madurai’s Alanganallur did not allow jallikattu to be held.
Villagers told the District Collector that they wanted a permanent solution to the problem. At Marina beach too, many of the protesters stayed back demanding amendments to PCA act.