Two people were killed and more than 47 people were injured in jallikattu in Pudukottai district on Sunday. The sport was held at the Sri Muthumariamman temple grounds at Tiruvappur.
The deceased are Wasim Akram (20) and M Vellaisamy (50), who were gored to death by bulls while they were watching the sport. Wasim died on the spot and Vellaisamy died on the way to a government hospital.
In total, 500 men took part in the bull taming sport and there were about 350 registered bulls participating in the event.
The Hindu reported that 34 people were provided first-aid immediately and three of the people, Senthilkumar (34) of Melakayampatti, D Alex (17) of Namanasamuthiram village and M Veeraraghavan (20) of Aranthangi, were referred to Thanjavur Medical College and Hospital.
The sport was inaugurated by the District Collector S. Ganesh. Reportedly, proper arrangements were made for the event and barricades were set up till about 300 metres but the bulls went beyond the barricades and rammed into the crowd. After two people died, the event was immediately stopped.
On February 12, 2017, seven people had died during the bull taming sport in different parts of Tamil Nadu which included Krishnagiri, Vellore and Madurai district. Three spectators died during ‘eruthu vidum vizha', a variant of jallikattu in Krishnagiri district, two died in Vellore district and two more died in separate incidents in Madurai district.