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Six Seriously Injured in Jallikattu Event

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Madurai: Six persons were seriously injured in the Jallikattu event held on Thursday at Palamedu village 25 km from here, one of the hubs for bull taming sport in the state, after a two year gap.

Police said 42 others suffered minor injuries, were treated as outpatients at the local medical camp and discharged.

Two bulls were also injured in the fight.

The bull taming sport attracted huge crowds as it was last held in 2015,

More than 2000 police were deployed for security duty. As many as 850 bulls participated in the event and 1600 players also took part in the game.

Officials said the players and the bulls were subjected to medical examination before beinng allowed to participate.

The participants earlier took an oath before District Collector Veeraraghava Rao to follow the guidelines.

Before the bulls were released, special poojas were performed and offerings made to the presiding diety.

The winners were given motorbikes, cycles and other items as prizes.