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Cock fight in Andhra despite restrictions, epidemic!

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Crores of rupees turned into cockfights in many parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh during Sankranti celebrations on Saturday, despite restrictions and the current spurt in Covid-19 cases.

Hundreds of people thronged in the chicken fights organized in the towns and villages of Krishna, Guntur, East Godavari, West Godavari districts.

In blatant violation of court orders passed earlier and ridiculing law enforcement agencies, large-scale cockfights were organized.

Like every year, crores of rupees changed hands as the organizers fought a particular breed of chicken with small knives or blades tied to their legs.

The organizers had made special arrangements for the betting participants and spectators.

Organizers with the support of powerful politicians and businessmen made all the arrangements by putting up huge tents, barricading and supplying food and liquor.

A large number of people, including women and children, thronged the akhara to watch the chicken fight, which they consider a part of the harvest festival. Fighting often ends with the death of one of the two birds.

Hundreds of people were seen coming to the cockfighting site at Edupugallu in Krishna district. Huge tents were set up in agricultural areas to organize cockfights.

It was a huge fair as people on cars and two wheelers were seen walking towards the venue. There was a bet ranging from a few hundred to lakhs on the chicken.

Cockfights were organized at various places in and around Vijayawada. Similar programs were organized at Gudivada, Kaikaluru, Jaggyapeta, Nujvidu, Nandigama, Chandralapadu, Mopidevi, Avanigadda and other places in Krishna district.

In some places, MLAs and local public representatives also participated in the programmes. Organizers set up VIP galleries for politicians, businessmen and other VIPs.

Not only neighboring villages and districts but also punters from Telangana and other states participated in the betting.

The police warnings had no effect on the ground as the organizers did not face any hindrance in making all the arrangements.

The organizers also installed bouncers and erected fencing to control the crowd. In many places it was not just cockfighting. Other gambling games were also organized and people were seen playing these games freely. Food stalls located near the venues did brisk business.

A Jana Sena leader along with some villagers stopped a chicken fight in Mandapaka village of Tanaku mandal of West Godavari district. Ramachandra Rao opposed the organization of chicken fighting in the village and freed the chickens from the clutches of the organisers.

In 2016, the High Court had banned cockfighting. The Supreme Court upheld the ban. However, this hardly had any effect on the ground as the police failed to rein in the bloody game.

Animal rights activists point out that cock fighting is illegal as per the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and the Andhra Pradesh Gaming Act, 1974.

They say that despite court orders, cockfights continued unabated, reportedly under the tutelage of elected representatives, while law enforcement agencies turned a blind eye to the chaos.

Usama Younus

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