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Police Resort To Lathicharge As Several TN Youth Made Unsuccessful Attempt At Taming Bulls

The police claimed the bulls were released on the streets by miscreants.

16/01/2017 9:55 PM IST | Updated 16/01/2017 10:06 PM IST
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ALANGANALLUR -- Several youths on Monday made an unsuccessful bid to tame bulls released on the roads by miscreants as police resorted to baton charge to disperse them even as a crowd gathered expecting Jallikattu to be conducted.

Police said many youths tried to rush towards the "exit" point at the Jallikattu venue and the situation went out of control forcing them to baton charge to disperse them.

However, some youths managed to hold a rally shouting slogans against police, central government and PETA.

Many of the Jallikattu supporters staged a dharna near the venue, police said.

They demanded a ban on PETA and also for bringing in an ordinance for conducting the bull-taming sport.

The bulls were later brought under control by their owners, police said.

Several youths had been detained and they have been asked to leave the village immediately.

As youths continued to throng the venue, where Jallikattu events are usually held, tehsildar Veerabathiran asked them to leave Alanganallur after 5 PM as they had been allowed to hold the rally and the permitted time was over.

Police warned that if the youths did not disperse they would be forced to physically remove them from the village.

They also said it was illegal to conduct the bull taming sport as Jallikattu had been banned.

The situation though tense is under control, police said.

A large contingent of police personnel had been deployed here as hundreds of youths from different parts of the state arrived at the village, which is famous for the bull taming sport, after news spread that Jallikattu would be conducted defying the Supreme Court ban.

Locals had hoisted black flags in many places protesting against banning the sport.

Supporters of the sport along with major political parties in the state have been demanding an ordinance for conducting Jallikattu after the Supreme Court imposed a ban on it.

Police had yesterday foiled attempts to conduct the bull taming sport, associated with Pongal harvest festivities, in southern districts of Tamil Nadu, detaining several people.

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