Indian cock kills its owner during cockfight | Crime News


Thousands of roosters die each year in the battles which, despite the efforts of animal rights groups, draw large crowds.

A rooster fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight in southern India has killed its owner, triggering a manhunt for the event’s organizers.

The bird had a knife strapped to its leg when it inflicted serious injuries on the man’s groin as it tried to escape, police said on Saturday.

The victim died from blood loss before he could reach a hospital in Karimnagar district, Telangana state, earlier this week, police officer B Jeevan said.

The rooster was briefly detained at the local police station before being sent to a poultry farm.

The man was one of 16 people organizing the cockfight in Lothunur village, Jeevan said.

“We are looking for the other 15 people involved in organizing the illegal struggle,” Jeevan said.

They could face charges of manslaughter, illegal betting and organizing a cockfight.

Cockfights are banned but still common in rural areas of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Odisha states – especially around the Hindu Sankranti festival.

Specially bred roosters have three-inch (7.5-centimeter) knives or blades attached to their legs and bettors are betting on who will win the gruesome fight.

Thousands of roosters die each year in the battles which, despite the efforts of animal rights groups, draw large crowds.





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