Hundreds in Madurai Violate Lockdown to Give Bull a Grand Funeral

3,000 booked in Madurai for violating Section 144 and holding a funeral procession for a jallikattu-cum-temple bull.

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3000 booked in Madurai for violating Section 144 and holding a funeral procession for a jallikattu-cum-temple bull.
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While the nationwide lockdown has been extended to 3 May and more stringent measures are being enforced by state governments, thousands of people in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai took to the streets to join a long procession for the funeral of a bull.

The jallikattu-cum-temple bull in a village in Alanganallur in Madurai breathed its last on 12 April. While the state governments have insisted to keep funerals a low-key affair with less than 10 close relatives, the villagers wanted to pay their respects to their favourite bull with grandeur.

Bulls in Alanganallur and other villages such as Palamedu, Avaniapuram are highly revered and seen as the pride of the land.

Thousands of people in Madurai took to the streets on a long procession for the funeral of a bull.
Thousands of people in Madurai took to the streets on a long procession for the funeral of a bull.
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Thousands had gathered at the funeral and the owners of the bull were inconsolable.

Madurai District Collector TG Vinay told that 3,000 people who were part of the procession have been booked for violating Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and social distancing norms, reported news agency ANI.

Thousands had gathered at the funeral and the owners of the bull were inconsolable.
Thousands had gathered at the funeral and the owners of the bull were inconsolable.
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The Palamedu police, under whose jurisdiction the village fell under, said that only 20 people were part of the gathering which took place on 12 April, reported The News Minute.

The Quint reached out to the District Collector who was unavailable for comment.

 The villagers said that the bull was a deity to them and they didn’t want to let anything to stop them from giving the bull the farewell it deserved.
The villagers said that the bull was a deity to them and they didn’t want to let anything to stop them from giving the bull the farewell it deserved.
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Every year, Jallikattu, the bull-taming festival is conducted and the prized bull is showered with presents and treats. The villagers said that this bull was like a deity to them and they wanted to give it the farewell it deserved.

Madurai has recorded over 41 COVID-19 positive cases, as on 15 April. Tamil Nadu has reported a total of 1,242 coronavirus cases, with 12 deaths.

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