AGENCIES, Madurai: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown till May 3, he categorically told the countrymen to stay at home unless necessary. But then, in a village in Madurai, people didn’t bother about the social distancing norms at all when they gathered in numbers to pay a grand funeral to their favourite animal — Mooli — Jallikattu-cum-temple bull, which belonged to Chellayee Amman Temple in the village.
Tamil Nadu Police have registered a total of 3000 cases for violating lockdown norms in Madurai till April 15. These cases include those who attended the funeral of a Jallikattu-cum-temple bull.
Villagers in Alanganallur flouted all social distancing norms when they gave a grand farewell to the bull.
“Total 3000 cases have been registered till date by Tamil Nadu Police for violating coronavirus lockdown in Madurai, this includes cases against few people who attended the funeral of a bull in a village in Madurai on April 12,” Madurai District Collector TG Vinay said to news agency ANI.
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 bull won several prizes in Jallikattu games in Madurai and other parts of the state. In March, the animal fell sick and stopped consuming food. While villagers tried to revive the bull, but the animal died on Sunday. The villagers took the bull around the village before burying it.