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Seven people die during jallikattu in Tamil Nadu

On Sunday, seven people died during the bull taming sport jallikattu in different parts of Tamil Nadu. Three spectators died during `eruthu vidum vizha’, a variant of jallikattu in Krishangiri district, two died in Vellore district and two more died in separate incidents in Madurai district, reported The Times of India.

In Krishnagiri district, two people died after they were knocked down by the bulls and one more died due to suffocation. A man was allegedly drunk and fell down when the crowd rushed to avoid a bull and died due to suffocation. 

Moreover, a 60-year-old man at Bargur in Vellore district died after being knocked down by a bull. He had severe head injuries. In a similar incident, a 34-year-old at Bargur, his leg got stuck in a rope tied to a bull and he was pulled down. He too faced head injuries and died on the way to the hospital.

The Times of India reported that the organizers did not follow the rules for the sport. The events did not have barricades which separated the spectators from the bulls. A teenager died in Sivaganga while watching the ‘manjuvirattu’ event. Sarathkumar, (19), was participating in the sport and was gored by the bull. He was given first aid but died on the way to the Sivaganga Medical College Hospital.

Moreover, a 52-year-old man died while watching rekla race in Thoothukudi on Sunday. Anthonysamy, a daily wage worker, he was looking after the bulls after reckla race, when he was gored down by one of the bulls.  

However, in the ‘manjuvirattu’ event near Sivaganga town, 18 people were injured. 

Source: The News Minute