One dead, dozens injured at India bull-taming festival

AFP
January 18, 2020

MADURAI, India: A villager was gored to death during a traditional bull-taming festival in southern India, underlining the dangers of the bloody sport.P. Murugan, 40, was trampled Thursday by a...

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MADURAI, India: A villager was gored to death during a traditional bull-taming festival in southern India, underlining the dangers of the bloody sport.

P. Murugan, 40, was trampled Thursday by a running bull who was agitated by the noise of drums, a local police official said. "Murugan tried to catch the bull but it trampled him to death," he said.

Bull-taming is extremely popular in rural pockets of Tamil Nadu where every year hundreds of men try to hold the hump of the beasts and run, as spectators cheer raucously at events held across the state.

As many as 66 men were injured in the city of Madurai, 37 of them bull tamers and the rest owners and spectators, local media reports said. A female spectator was also injured when a bull hit her near the exit to a venue, the Press Trust of India reported. Images showed men in colourful jerseys trying to grab the bulls who swayed their long horns and gnarled in fury.



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