A man was killed in a bizarre incident in India. In a village named Pragadavaran, a punter was killed during a cockfight by the rooster.
Yes, the gambler received a deep stab wound from a sharp-edged blade attached to the leg of the rooster.
As per the reports, an organizer was holding the rooster. The rooster was to release in the arena to fight. However, the animal suddenly started fluttering violently. The rooster tried fleeing from the hand of the organizer and in that attempts the sharp-edge blade pierced through a 55-year-old punter who was standing nearby. The gambler received a deep wound at the abdomen confirmed Saripalli Venkateswara Rao, a local law official.
He was transported to the hospital, but he died on his way due to excessive bleeding. The police have registered a case and the body has been sent for the autopsy, confirmed reports.
The practice of cockfight and attaching a blade in the rooster’s leg is quite common in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. A huge amount of money is wagered on these fights and organizers attach the blades to ensure there is a winner.
The Cockfight is legally banned in India. The sport was banned by the Supreme Court of India under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1960. The local Andhra Pradesh Government has also banned it as per Andhra Pradesh Gaming Act 1974. However, the practice has not stopped, in fact, it has only increased and became popular in recent times.
If the reports are to be believed then many local politicians are also involved in the organizing and a huge amount of money is involved.
Some reports also suggest that the law officials turn a blind eye to the sport due to the involvement of the politicians. However, there is no case in the record for that.
Andhra Pradesh hosts one of the biggest cockfights in India every year. It is estimated that 1000 people take part in this event alone.
Many argue that it is difficult to stamp out the cockfighting practice as it is linked to the local culture as well. It is also believed that due to the lack of legal gambling structure people turn out for such practices which have life risk.