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19-year-old spectator dies after being mauled by bull during Jallikattu festival in Madurai

A 19-year-old spectator was gored to death on Monday by a bull during a Jallikattu event at Palamedu in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Madurai [ Published on: January 15, 2018 16:51 IST ]
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A 19-year-old spectator was gored to death on Monday by a bull during a Jallikattu event at Palamedu in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu. 

According to initial reports, around 25 people also suffered injuries during the bull-taming event. 

Around 1,000 bulls have been issued tokens. However, by the time the event was wrapped, around 450 bulls were released. 

Yesterday, around 79 people, including spectators, were injured in the season’s first Jallikattu held at Avaniyapuram, also in Madurai.

The Madurai district administration, which overlooks the event, has claimed that is all geared up to welcome thousands of people who take part in the bull taming event. As per the district administration, 50,000 to 1 lakh spectators are expected to witness the three-day event.  

For the first time, bulls will be checked for alcohol content in them.

Last year, there were massive protests forcing the Tamil Nadu government to pass an ordinance on Jallikattu. This time, the Animal welfare board of India urged the state government to comply with the new rules and regulations while conducting Jallikattu. The board also added that its aim is not to hurt cultural sentiments but to prevent cruelty to animals.

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