Two men from Puddukottai district of Tamil Nadu was gored to death in the bull taming event, Jallikattu here on Sunday.
Ram, 35, from Sariyampatti village in Mariyapparai and Sathish Kumar, 43, were gored by the bulls while watching the sport and died of injuries. Ram died on the spot while Sathish breathed his last while being taken to the Manapparai government hospital for treatment.
“This tragedy happened beyond the collection point, where owners take the bulls back after they have completed in the barricaded arena,” a senior police officer told NDTV.
Chief Minister E Palanaswami, who flagged off the event at Viralimalai, said, “We’ve followed all safety norms as per the Supreme Court directions. For the first time, spectators too have been insured besides bull-tamers.”
However, safety experts say spectators should be allowed only along the arena into which bulls are let out to be tamed, but not at the end of the arena where they are secured by their owners.
The Supreme Court had earlier banned Jallikattu in 2014 but later on lifted the ban in January 2017 with an amendment to the law following widespread protests in the state.
The best bull tamers get a range of prizes from electronic gadgets to motorcycles to cars.
Yet,the animal rights activists still continue to campaign for a ban on Jallikattu citing cruelty, torture and trauma to bulls.