The Periya Suriyur village wore a festive look on Thursday as the first jallikattu event commenced in the district. However, 28 tamers sustained injuries and among them, four were critical. A woman spectator was also critically injured.
All the tamers were divided into five batches and each batch was provided with separate uniforms and one-and-a-half hours each on the arena. The public announcement repeatedly warned the tamers, whenever they tried to harm bulls as a group. If any bull tamer got injured, he was asked to leave the arena. Despite warnings and proper arrangements, 28 tamers were injured and were rushed to the medical team and the 108 ambulance kept ready near the venue. Among the injured, four, including Dharmadurai from Sannankudi in Pudukkottai were injured and they were rushed to the GH. The tamers were given two-wheelers, gold coins, almirah, cot, refrigerator and bi-cycles as gifts. Karthik from Veerapatti was adjudged the best tamer. Meanwhile, one of the bulls diverted from the arena into the spectators area and hit Jothilakshmi (48) from Pandamangalam in Woraiyur, Tiruchy. She was soon rushed to the GH from where she was taken to a private hospital. She is critical.