Even with heavy police deployment across Tamil Nadu and strict security arrangements, Jallikattu, the bull-taming sport organised during Pongal, was held in parts of the state.
"Have deployed forces at all arenas where Jallikattu takes place, we are sensitising people about SC's order," Vijayendra Vidari, SP Madurai told ANI.
However, villagers in Tamil Nadu's Palamedu offered special prayers and conducted a symbolic Jallikattu event, defying the Supreme Court's order.
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 15, 2017
Amid protests against the ban on Jallikattu, on Sunday, police detained several people at various places in some southern districts for attempting to organise the bull taming sport.
Police said youths were detained at Mudakathan, Alanganallur, Palamedu and Vilangudi in Madurai district, at Nallampatti in Dindigul district and Pottuchavadi in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu for trying to hold the sport defying the apex court ban.
People hoisted black flags at Palamedu village for not allowing them to hold Jallikattu in connection with Pongal festivities and local temple functions, they said.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court shot down a plea for delivering its judgment on Jallikattu. This was followed by protests across Tamil Nadu, with some organisers saying they will organise the sport despite the apex court ruling.
A bench comprising justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi told a group of lawyers, who requested for the verdict, that it is unfair to ask the bench to pass an order before a certain date.
The court had reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging Centre's notification allowing the sport. In 2014, the court had banned Jallikattu on grounds of animal cruelty. The order, however, didn't go down well with Tamil Nadu political parties.
Last year, SC had dismissed the plea of the state government seeking review of its 2014 judgement that banned bulls for Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu.
(With inputs from Agencies)Suggest a correction