MADURAI: While the people in several parts of the State are staging protests urging the Central and State governments to grant permission for the smooth conduction of Jallikattu, the same is being conducted in violation of the Supreme Court ban at several places in Madurai district on Sunday.
Violating the Supreme Court ban, nearly six bulls were released at Palamedu in the district here on Sunday.
The temple bulls were brought near the vadi vasal after performing poojas at Palamedu. Heavy police forces were deployed and barricades were placed around the vadi vasal.
Tense situation prevailed at Palamedu as the bulls were released. Hundreds of police officials were deployed at the area for protection. All the shops remained closed and black flags were placed at all the houses condemning the ban on Jallikattu.
Superintendent of police (SP) Vijayendra S Bidari said six bulls were brought to the place for Pooja. At first, ropes of the three bulls were released by the organisers. The evnt cannot be really called Jallikattu as no bulls were released through the vadi vasal. We are trying to identify the owner of the bulls and would initiate legal action against the person.
We have issued notice to the bull owners across the district, and have got an acknowledgement from them for not participating in the sport, said Bidari.
The SP said that three people were arrested for conducting Jallikattu at Uthapanaicknur. Similarly the officials have detained 40 persons for conducting Jallikattu across the State.
He said that a total of six checkpoints were being set up to restrict the entry. Additionally, 600 policemen were deployed at Palamedu and 2000 policemen were deployed across the district.
Meanwhile in city limits, around 20 bulls were released at Mudakathan despite the ban. Jallikattu was also organised at Palanganatham and near Vilangudi, said sources.
S Machavel, a resident of Palamedu told Express, "As Jallikattu is our traditional and cultural sport, due to the SC ban, the people in Palamedu are very sad and are not celebrating Pongal. It is a black day for us."