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Jallikattu ban: Police lathicharge protestors in Avanivapuram in Madurai in Tamil Nadu

Police lathicharged the people protesting against the ban on Jallikattu in Avanivapuram in Madurai on Saturday. Thirty people have been detained. More details are awaited regarding the incident.

Heavy police force was deployed since yesterday in Avaniapuram, Palamedu and Alanganallur, famous locations for jallikattu in Madurai District, as various organisations vowed to violate the ban and organise the sport.

Police said all steps have been taken to ensure maintenance of law and order and compliance of court’s ban even as district officials said so far no decision had been taken on promulgating prohibitory orders in these places.

In yet another instance of defiance, Jallikattu was organised on Friday in Madurai as protests continued for the fourth day in Tamil Nadu with principal opposition DMK too hitting the streets on Pongal, seeking permission for conducting the bull taming sport.

A day after Supreme Court said it could not give its verdict on jallikattu before Pongal, DMK pressed the Centre to promulgate an ordinance to allow the sport.

Many districts of the state witnessed protests, some even holding the sport to show defiance of the court order.

DMK Working President MK Stalin had also led a protest in Chennai and sought promulgation of an ordinance to allow holding the sport.

The Supreme Court had outlawed Jallikattu in 2014 and a review petition of Tamil Nadu was also dismissed last Deccember. Judgement on a matter related to the Centre’s notification of last year to exempt jallikattu from the ban has been reserved by the apex court.

With jallikattu traditionally held along with Pongal festivities, there has been a growing chorus in support of lifting the ban on the sport in the state in the past four days with people from various walks of life staging protests.