Despite Supreme Court's order, which rejected a plea seeking allowance of the controversial sport Jallikattu played during Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu, the Naam Tamilar party workers were detained for holding the game in Cuddalore. As many as 28 functionaries of Naam Tamizhar were arrested for conducting Jallikattu in the coastal town on Thursday, police said.
The Supreme Court has ruled out the verdict before Pongal for the bull-taming sport after the animal rights groups have opposed the torture and grievous injury the bulls have to deal at the time of Jallikattu. "Whom does Modi meet".
A senior police officer on the condition of anonymity said the police foiled Jallikattu events in Tamil Nadu in keeping with SC order in 2015 and 2016. Stalin, who participated in a protest outside the Chennai collectorate said AIADMK should continue to pressurise the Centre. The students claimed they were going to the Collector's office to hand over a plea in favour of Jallikattu.
On 27 November 2010, the Supreme Court granted permission to the State government to allow jallikattu for five months in a year with the condition that the bull should be registered with the AWBI and the event was conducted in the presence of the collector and AWBI members.
More than 10,000 people converged at a ground in Coimbatore in support of Jallikkattu while protests were staged in Sivaganga, Dindigul, Pudukottai and Salem districts.
The court had reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging the Centre's notification allowing the sport.
Referring to his party's 3 January protest in Madurai urging the state and Central governments to take immediate steps to conduct Jallikattu, Stalin said, "Still both the governments did not give importance to this issue".
Seeing which way the wind is blowing, there are others who have warned that native cattle breeds in Tamil Nadu face extinction if a ban on "bull-taming" contests is not revoked. Therefore, why make a fuss about an event that is held just once a year? The ailment which they claimed had caused her death is disgusting and unprintable.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam says the state government will ensure that the sport is held peacefully across rural areas if the ban is lifted.
"No cruelty is practised on the animals per se".
"There is nothing heroic about a mob terrifying a sensitive animal by pouncing on it".