January 17, 2017 10:54 IST

Massive protest against Jallikattu arrests in Tamil Nadu

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Hundreds of people in Tamil Nadu took to the streets on Tuesday against the arrest of those who protested in favour of Jallikattu. On Monday, thousands of youths who started their protest in Alanganallur in Madurai district against a Supreme court ban on the bull-taming sport, were taken into custody by the police on Tuesday as the protest extended overnight.
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The police housed the protesters -- including both men and women, who had assembled in the town well known for conducting Jallikattu -- in nearby wedding halls. Angered by these arrests, villagers came out on the streets of Alanganallur.
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In Jallikattu, a bull vaulter is expected to hang on to the bull's hump for a stipulated distance or hold on to the hump for a minimum of three jumps made by the bull. The sport is traditionally held as part of the four-day Pongal festival.
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The Supreme Court in May 2014 banned the conduct of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu. The court also held that bulls cannot be used as performing animals either for Jallikattu events or for bullock-cart races in the Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country.
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Ever since the ban order, people have been demanding that the central government take necessary legal steps to allow conduct of the sport.