A group of youth today conducted Jallikattu in a village near here, in violation of the Supreme Court order banning the bull-taming sport, police said. The sport was held in an open ground in Karisalkulam village for a few minutes, a police official said.
At least five bulls were let loose in the ground to protest against the court verdict, he said, adding no arrests have been made. Tension prevailed in the village as the organisers of the game continued to make arrangements for “Manju Virattu” (another form of bull-taming sport) and heated exchanges were witnessed between the police and the locals, they said.
Talks are on to persuade the organisers to cancel the game, police said, adding they would be forced to arrest the organisers if they were adamant to hold the game.
Meanwhile, residents of the village blamed both the state government and the Apex Court for not allowing the sport to take place.
“There was no need for any court permission to follow one’s culture,” Muthupandi, one of the organisers said.
Meanwhile, a human chain protest was staged by youth outfits in Chennai, seeking to ensure the smooth conduct of Jallikattu during Pongal festivities.
Meanwhile, a report from Coimbatore said a section of villagers conducted Rekla Race protesting the ban on the traditional sport and Jallikkattu.
About 150 villagers participated in the event and 80 bulls pulled carts in Ettimadi village, some 20 km from here, police said, adding the race was held only for a few minutes and nobody has been arrested so far.
People from nearby villages cheered the participants and raised slogans demanding lifting of the ban on bull-sports.
The Supreme court had held that bulls could not be used as performing animals, either for Jallikattu or bullock-cart races.
Meanwhile, around 2,000 DMK activists staged a demonstration in Coimbatore city demanding lifting of the ban on Jallikkattu and raised slogans against the Central and state governments for “not making efforts” to lift the Supreme Court ban on the bull-taming sport.
Meanwhile, various organisations in a joint statement said they would hold Jallikkattu in Alagumalai in nearby Tirupur district on 17 January.