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Three die, 200 injured in Jallikattu events in TN

Madurai, Jan 17 (UNI) Three persons, including a spectator died and more than 200 people injured in the annual “Jallikattu” (bull taming) events held at different places across Tamil Nadu, as part of the ongoing Pongal festivities on Friday.
Police said a bull-rearer and a spectator died, while more than 30 others injured in the World-renowned Jallikattu held at Alanganallur village in Madurai district.
V.Sridhar (27), who was attempting to lead his ferocious bull through the “Vaadivaasal” – the narrow entry point of the arena, was gored to death. A spectator M.Chellapandi (35) swooned while watching the event from the gallery. He was rushed to the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) where the doctors declared him brought dead.
In all, 688 tamers and 739 bulls participated in the event. About 80 tourists from United States, France, Argentina and Australia watched the event.
Of the injured, nine were admitted to GRH, while the remaining was treated by a medical team stationed near the arena.
An agile youth, namely Ranjith Kumar was adjudged the best bull tamer for taming 16 bulls in a single round. He was presented a Hyundai Santro car on behalf of Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswami. The owner of the best performed bull was also presented with a car, donated by Deputy Chief Minister O.Panneeerselvam.
In another incident, a middle aged bull-rearer was gored to death during the Jallikattu event held at Avarankadu village near Manapparai in Tiruchirapalli district. The deceased was identified as Palaniyandi.
As many as 56 people were injured in the event, of which nine persons were referred to the government headquarters hospital here.
In Sivaganga district, 63 people most of them bull tamers were injured in the “Manjuvirattu” (another form of Jallikattu) event organized unlawfully by the locals. Six persons, who sustained grievous injuries, were admitted to the government hospital at Sivaganga.
Around 60 persons, including bull tamers and spectators were injured in Jallikattu held at Vanniyanviduthi village in Pudukottai district.
Reports reaching here said about 100 people were injured in Jallikattu events held at Thogamalai and Rachandar Thirumalai in Karur district and Neikkarapatti village in Dindigul district.
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