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O Panneerselvam at Madurai, villagers say no Jallikattu without permanent solution

O Panneerselvam at Madurai, villagers say no Jallikattu without permanent solution

Police said two persons were killed and 28 injured after being gored by a bull at Rapoosal.

Mr. Panneerselvam urged students and youth, who have gathered at the Marina Beach here and in various locations across the state to call off their agitation in view of the state government's decision to promulgate an ordinance. They are demanding that jallikattu should be held only after the Parliament amends the Prevention of Cruelty Act and also takes bulls off the "performing animals" list.

Appealing to the people to give up their peaceful protest that has been going on for over a week in Madurai and four days in Chennai and other places, the Chief Minister said, "This is the permanent solution to conduct jallikattu".

The ongoing protest may have spelled curtains for the state-sponsored Jallikattu event at Alanganallur in Madurai, but that did not prevent people from holding the event in other parts of Tamil Nadu on Sunday.

Groups of agitators continued their protests at several locations in the state, raising the same demand.

The Supreme Court has imposed a ban on the practice now, citing animal welfare issues.

The Madras High Court dismissed a PIL seeking enactment of a special law with conditions by the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government for holding jallikattu, saying it can not issue such a direction.

He reiterated that there was no ban following the promulgation of the ordinance.

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The AIADMK Government's continuous efforts in the lines of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and the "dignified" protests taken forward by young men and women had "reclaimed the bravery sport for us", she said.

Media reports suggested that Jallikattu would be held in the Rappusal village of Puddukottai district with over 40 bulls expected to run in the event. However, protests erupted there too making the demand for "permanent solution".

"At Alanganallur, protesters declined to hold the sport by blocking the entry and exit points of the sprawling sporting arena".

"Some major animal rights groups are in close nexus with corporates who have an agenda to come into India".

A rekla (ox-cart) race, which was inaugurated by state Minister SP Velumani, was organised in Coimbatore on Sunday.

At Pudukottai, jallikattu was inaugurated by Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar.

Protests are also planned in the city of Leeds in England and Dublin in Ireland.

After the President's approval, the ordinance would be sent to Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.


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