Police intervention foils bid to conduct Jallikattu in Madurai

Sufficient police force has been deployed in the district to prevent any untoward incidents, Madurai Superintendent of Police, Vijayendar S Bidari said. 

Published: 15th January 2017 06:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th January 2017 06:47 PM   |  A+A-

Villagers conduct Jallikattu at Karisalkulam in Madurai on Friday. (File photo by K.K Sundar| EPS)


MADURAI: Police on Sunday foiled attempts to conduct Jallikattu in southern districts of Tamil Nadu, detaining several people as 'Mattu Pongal', the third day of the harvest festivities, was celebrated with fervor in the state.

Amid protests against the ban on the bull-taming sport, police today warned to take strict action against those violating the Supreme Court order on the sport, associated with Pongal festivities.

Madurai Superintendent of Police, Vijayendar S Bidari, denied reports that Jallikattu was conducted in the district. "Around 2,000 police personnel are keeping a vigil across the district. We have taken steps to provide security in the area," he said.

Sufficient police force has been deployed in the district to prevent any untoward incidents, he added.

"Everyone should follow the order. Everybody should be aware that we will take action as per the law. People should cooperate," he said when it was pointed out that the sport is usually held on 'Kaanum Pongal', the fourth and final day of Pongal festivities, at Alanganallur.

Some locals claimed that hundreds of people had gathered for "Manjuvirattu" (an event involving bulls) at Singampunari in Sivaganga district which, they said, was held for a brief period.

Police also said they chased away a crowd which tried to organise Jallikattu at Alangudi in Pudukottai district, and also foiled a bid to conduct it at the Sri Thadikonda Swamy temple.

Meanwhile, people offered prayers to bulls and cows on the occasion of "Mattu Pongal", third day of Pongal festivities where people offer prayers to farm animals.

In Madurai district's Palamedu village, a place famous for Jallikattu events, people performed special poojas to some temple bulls.

Jallikattu supporters were seen offering pongal (sweet rice made of jaggery with rice and milk, in a traditional mud pot) to the local deity before giving it to the bulls.

Local youth said that 'symbolic' Jallikattu was held in some places but police denied it. At Palamedu, people hoisted black flags to protest the ban on Jallikattu. Shops at several localities remained shut.

Police said youth were detained at Mudakathan, Alanganallur, Palamedu and Vilangudi in Madurai district, at Nallampatti in Dindigul district and Pottuchavadi in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu for trying to hold the sport defying the apex court ban.


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