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Indian Dies In Battle With Cock

An India man has been killed during a cockfight after a
sharp blade tied to a cock cut his abdomen while waiting for the duel to start.

The organisers were said to have violated the 1960
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, according to an Indian Supreme Court
ruling had which banned cockfight in the country.

The cockfight took place in Pragadavaram village in West
Godavari, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, as the organisers tied a razor-sharp
blade to the leg of the cocks, police said.

The tragedy occurred when one of the organisers, Saripalli
Venkateswara Rao, 55, held the cock in his hands, as he waited to release it
into the arena to fight.The cock suddenly struggled against his grip in a bid
for freedom, and the blade fatally pierced the abdomen of a spectator who was
standing nearby, inflicting a deep wound.

The supreme court ban was defied in several parts of East
and West Godavari, as the people use the practice to celebrate Makar Sankranti.

Makar Sankranti is a cultural festival day in the Hindu
calendar which the people dedicate to the deity Surya.

Similarly, in the village of Kavvagunta in West Godavari
District, ten people were reported to have sustained injury, while two people
were injured in Chintam Palli village from cockfights.

According to reports, in Andhra Pradesh in India, the
raising of fowls used for the fight is usually expensive, as the owners spend
the amounts in other to prepare the fowls for such duels.

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