January 16, 2018
It is a sport of valour and injuries are a part of it all is the reasoning given by Jallikattu players even as four people lost their lives in Jallikattu so far on the third day on Tuesday.
Yesterday, one spectator was killed at Palamedu and on Tuesday, one spectator got killed at Manaparai, near Tiruchirapalli and another two persons lost their lives in an event held in a village in Sivagangai district.
Solai Pandi, 25, was killed after being attacked by a bull at the Jallikattu event at Manaparai near Tiruchirapalli and two more spectators, Ramanathan from Karaikudi and Kasi from Pudukottai, got killed when bulls charged and attacked them. Scores of people were injured in the sport. In Sivagangai district, the deaths took place when bulls charged the people chasing them during Manju Virattu, a variant of Jallikattu in which people chase the bulls let loose on a street.
Organisers of the event insisted that security arrangements were proper and it was spectators who ignored the warnings and became victims.
Rahul Prasad, a EEE diploma holder from Alanganallur and a regular participant in Jallikattu said that injuries are part and parcel of this bull taming sport, which can be dangerous if one is not alert and tactful.
At Alanganallur in Madurai district, chief minister Edapaddi Palaniswamy and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam, several ministers were present to witness the sport.