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The Hindu Bureau

Year’s first jallikattu in Tamil Nadu gets underway

The year’s first Jallikattu in the Tamil Nadu began in Thatchankurichi village in Pudukottai with great fervour on January 6, ahead of Pongal festivities.

The event was declared open by Minister for Law S. Raghupathy and Minister for Environment and Climate Change Siva V. Meyyanathan at 7:30 a.m., Mr. Raghupathy administered the oath to the tamers. District Collector I.S. Mercy Ramya and other officials were present.

Bulls were released into the sporting arena one after the other through the “vadivasal”. According to sources, around 700 bulls and at least 300 tamers would participate in the event.

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Hundreds of bulls were brought from neighbouring districts to the village in mini freight carriers.

As many as 415 police personnel were deployed to regulate and control the crowd at the venue. Separate teams of health care officials are stationed to treat the injured bull and tamers. A fleet of ambulances is also deployed to rush the injured persons to the nearby hospitals.

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