Two persons were killed at a jallikattu event in Sivaganga district, Tamil Nadu on Sunday. While one of them was gored to death, the other died of shock. A 32 year old engineering graduate who was a spectator was attacked by the bull. He died on the spot.
The Supreme Court would hear all matters pertaining to Jallikattu, the bull-taming sport on January 31. The court informed the litigants that all matters pertaining to the issue would be clubbed together and taken up for hearing.
Chennai, Jan 27: The Intelligence Bureau and the Tamil Nadu police are investigating a meet at Coimbatore in October 2016. It is alleged that in this meeting extremist groups plotted to create violence in Chennai and IB believes this may have been the same group that caused the violence at Marina where the Jallikattu protests took place.
The Jallikattu protests in Tamil Nadu have been compared with the compared with the Arab Spring of 2010. It was a mass movement that forced the government to not just promulgate an ordinance allowing the sport, but also pass a bill quickly. Many said that the protests were aimed at legalising the bull taming sport and preserving tradition.
But many have argued that the issue has now gone beyond sport and tradition and is all about protecting the native breed of the animal. There are six native breeds of bulls in Tamil Nadu and one of them called Alambadi has been declared extinct.
A petition has filed in the Supreme Court challenging the bill on Jallikattu passed by the Tamil Nadu government. The Animal Welfare Board of India moved the court stating that the bill was illegal and against the law.
The matter is likely to come up for hearing on January 30.
In the Jallikattu matter, there have been allegations of interference made against the judiciary by the general public. It was the Supreme Court which first banned Jallikattu and later went on to stay a notification permitting the sport.
The Intelligence Bureau which is also monitoring the situation has reported that there were several anti-India posters that had come up at the Marina Beach which had become the epicenter of the protests.