Two onlookers were killed and over 80 injured during a jallikattu event in Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu. The organisers were attempting to set a Guinness record by releasing maximum number of bulls within a short period of time when the tragedy took place.
The arena was designed in the form of a cricket stadium and Chera, Choza and Pandia galleries were constructed after the three Tamil dynasties for the audience to watch.
Sri Lankan ministers, Arumugam Thondaman, Senthil Thondaman, DMK MLA Periyakarupan watched from the galleries as special guests and the event was conducted under the supervision of Malarvizi, the district collector.
Thousands of spectators from Sivagangai, Ramanathapuram, Madurai, Dindigul, and Pudukottai districts thronged the arenas to see the bull wranglers in action. Hefty prizes were announced such as trips to Singapore, Malaysia, cars, motorbikes and other household furniture to the wining wranglers and the untamed bull owners.
The situation went out of control as the organisers continued to release the bulls well past the stipulated time of 3.30 pm.
The police had to resort to lathicharge as the crowd went berserk during prize distribution function. Most of the prizes, including motorbikes, were damaged in the violence, police said. Ten persons have been detained in connection with the clash.