Ever since the pro-Jallikattu protests of 2017 witnessed swarms of people uniting for a cause on the Marina beach and winning, there has been a spurt in civic activism in the city.
Fourty-two people, including three police women and a male constable, were injured in a jallikattu held at Tirukkanupatti village on Sunday.
In the event, Karthi, a Madurai-based man, was awarded a two-wheeler for taming eight bulls. An LED TV, a wardrobe and a cot were some of the gifts distributed to the top three winners.
A total of 500 bulls, including the traditional kangeyam bulls and 550 tamers, participated in the sport which was inaugurated by state Animal Husbandry Minister Udumalai Radhakrishnan.
'Vayuputhiran' had come top of its competitors in the first round, fetching a motorcycle for its owner Govi Sampathkumar, an Ex-MLA belonging to AIADMK.
The bull taming sporting event, coordinated by Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar at Viralimalai near here saw the participation of 1,354 bulls and 424 tamers.
One of the organisers of the Suriyur Jallikattu noted that previously, the event saw about 25-300 tamers participating, mostly from nearby villages.
More bull tamers, jallikattu is a source of pride and repute among peers, villagers and the jallikattu circuit.
The title ‘Veera Thamizhachi’ refers to Viji, a 25-year-old transwoman from Karungulam village near Manapparai.
After being orphaned by his mother four years ago, Selliamma was adopted as a temple bull by the villagers of Parambupatti.
The event has been organised with an aim to promote traditional sports and protect indigenous breed Kangayam.
At the jallikattu venue in Alanganallur on Thursday, the team joined hands with the specially-trained rescue team of Indian Red Cross Society.
A 45-year-old man in the gallery at Alanganallur died of cardiac arrest caused probably due to suffocation, said police.
Minister for Revenue R B Udayakumar flagged off the event in the presence of Sholavandan MLA K Manickam, Madurai South MLA S S Saravanan, District Collector S Natarajan.
At least 38 persons, including 24 spectators, sustained injuries during the jallikattu at Suriyur on Wednesday.