Tamers throng Alanganallur

  • By Hindu
  • | Saturday | 13th January, 2018

“To avoid overcrowding at the arena, Collector has said that bull tamers would be sent in batches of 75 every hour on a rotational basis. The registration of bulls and bull tamers for Avaniapuram jallikattu, scheduled for Sunday, was completed on Thursday. The rush witnessed at Avaniapuram and Palamedu here on Thursday for the registration of bull tamers for the upcoming jallikattu events continued at Alanganallur, the place most famous for jallikattu, where the registration happened on Friday. A total of 623 bull tamers and 954 bulls were registered. With the event planned from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the evening, only around 500 to 600 bull tamers can participate,” he said.


The rush witnessed at Avaniapuram and Palamedu here on Thursday for the registration of bull tamers for the upcoming jallikattu events continued at Alanganallur, the place most famous for jallikattu, where the registration happened on Friday.

According to officials, more than 2000 youngsters turned up for the registration since early hours. Following the chaos and lathi charge that happened during registration at Palamedu on Thursday, police personnel were deployed in large numbers to regulate the crowd.

Revenue officials had also opened more counters to facilitate the registration process. An official from Vadipatti Taluk, who was overseeing the process, said that of the 2000 applications received, 759 were rejected during the basic medical checkup done at the venue.

The remaining 1,241 were registered for the event, which is scheduled for Tuesday at Alanganallur. “However, this is not a guarantee that they will be allowed to enter the arena. That will be subjected to another medical check-up before the event. They will also be screened to ensure that they are not under the influence of alcohol,” the official said.

Though such a large number of bull tamers have registered for the event, the official added that it was doubtful whether everyone will get a chance to enter the arena even if they were fit.

“To avoid overcrowding at the arena, Collector has said that bull tamers would be sent in batches of 75 every hour on a rotational basis. With the event planned from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the evening, only around 500 to 600 bull tamers can participate,” he said.

The registration of bulls for the Palamedu jallikattu also happened on Friday at the village. A total of 1,000 bulls were registered for the event, happening on Monday, sources at the Department of Animal Husbandry said. Bulls, for which fitness certificates have recently been obtained at the local veterinary hospitals, were allowed to register along with other necessary documents, including a photo of the bull with the handler or owner accompanying it.

“The bull will be allowed to enter the vaadivasal only if the person accompanying it in the picture is present with it. Another fitness check will also be done before the event,” a doctor from the department said. The registration of bulls and bull tamers for Avaniapuram jallikattu, scheduled for Sunday, was completed on Thursday. A total of 623 bull tamers and 954 bulls were registered. The registration of bulls for Alanganallur jallikattu happens on Saturday.

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