14 hurt in Avaniyapuram jallikattu
A numerous crowd of more than 20,000 spectators had gathered from various parts of Tamil Nadu, Avaniyapuram jallikattu started on Sunday with the district collector Veera Raghava Rao administering oath to 717 bull tamers vowed to protect bulls.
Revenue Minister, RP Udayakumar at his address to tamers stated that the event was organised only die to the government of J. Jayalalithaa is in power’. About 4,000 spectators stayed overnight on either side of barricade erected around 150 meters alongside to witness the first act of bullfight.
Fourteen bull tamers suffered blood injuries were treated at the Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai, Collector Rao stated. The 7-hour event is said to have organised from 8.15 am, but 45 people — mostly bull tamers and a few spectators — sustained minor injuries at the sport. Fourteen bull tamers suffered blood injuries were treated at Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai, Collector Rao adding that a bull which had sustained minor injury in leg was treated by veterinarians at the dispensary.