Spectator gored to death, 114 injured in Jallikattu events in TN

Madurai, Jan 16 (UNI) A spectator was gored to death and 114 others injured in Jallikattu (bull taming) and Manjuvirattu (bull race) events held in Madurai and Tiruchirapalli districts of Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.

Police said a youth, identified as Ramesh was gored on his chest by a ferocious bull, when it was unleashed during the Manjuvirattu held at Eliyarpathi village in Madurai.

He was rushed to the government hospital, where he died without responding to treatment.

Forty two persons, including 14 bull tamers and 3 policemen were injured in the renowned Jallikattu event held at Palamedu in Madurai, as part of the ongoing Pongal festivities.

Of the injured, 9 persons were admitted to Government Rajaji Hospital for multiple injuries.

As many as 485 registered bull tamers and 847 bulls participated in 10 rounds of the day-long event, amid tight security.

A car was presented to a bull tamer, namely Prabhakar for embracing 14 bulls, while a motorcycle was given to another tamer, Tamilarasan for taming 10 bulls.

Gold and silver coins, television sets, household articles, bicycles were gifted to the winning bull tamers and best performing bulls.

In Tiruchirapalli district, atleast 72 persons including bull tamers, spectators and policemen were injured in the Jallikattu held at Periya Suriyur village, which saw the participation of 350 bull tamers and 658 bulls.

12 persons were admitted to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital here for treatment.

A youth, K.T.Karthik who tamed 15 bulls in the event was adjudged as the bull tamer and was presented a motorcycle.

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