Amidst the Supreme Court ban, Jalikattu was held on Sunday in some parts of Tamil Nadu. Two persons were killed at the event in Pudukottai and at least eight people have been injured.
Jallikaattu was held at Erode, Pudukottai and Trichy districts while bullock cart race was organised in Coimbatore.
The events were held after week-long state-wide protests by youths followed by the promulgation of an ordinance by the Tamil Nadu government amending the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act to hold Jallikatttu.
The bull taming sport was banned by the Supreme Court in May 2014.
“Jallikattu is being held at several places in the state with proper arrangements. At Alanganallur it will be held when the people want it,” Tamil Nadu chief minister O Panneerselvam told reporters in Madurai on his way back to Chennai.
“Jallikattu cannot be stopped by anybody,” he added.
Tamil Nadu government will pass a bill in the Assembly on Monday for holding the bull tame sport. The bill is expected to pass with majority support.
Meanwhile, the peaceful protest in Chennai’s Marina Beach entered its seventh day on Sunday. Youth urged the central government to remove bull from the list of performing animals in the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.