ARIYALUR: The season’s jallikattu began on a controversial note at Malathankulam village in Ariyalyur district on Tuesday when the event was organized without the mandatory permission from authorities. Officials from the district administration said that despite prior warnings, the organizers went ahead and conducted the unauthorized event.
The jallikattu featured around 250 bulls and 150 bull-tamers. The bulls were from various places including Ariyalur, Thanjavur, Trichy and Perambalur. A total of three bull raisers sustained injuries and were taken to Thanjavur government medical college hospital for treatment. However, officials filed a complaint with Keelapalur police station for holding the unauthorized event and a case was registered against the organizers. Police sources claimed that the event was allowed to continue despite being unauthorized because stopping it would have caused a law and order problem. In fact, several police personnel were deputed at the spot as a security measure.
According to a revenue official from Ariyalur district administration, there were a total of 16 notified places to conduct the event, but Malathankulam wasn’t one among them.
He said the district administration had asked the organizers from the village several times to get permission, but they didn’t heed it. Ariyalur district revenue officer S Dhanasekaran told, “Even on Monday we had gone there and asked the organizers not to conduct the event, but they violated the instructions and went ahead. We’ve filed a complaint with the police,” the official said.
Officials pointed out that permission had to be sought at least 10 to 15 days before a jallikattu event, post which a team comprising officials from departments including animal husbandry, public works, revenue, health and police would conduct an investigation and give permission.