Locals to Conduct Banned Cock-Fights on AP-Telangana Border

Despite of the High Court ban on cock-fight, locals are finding new tactics to go unnoticed by the police’s radar.

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There is a growing craze for the cock fights in urban areas in spite of the ban. (Photo courtesy: <i>The News Minute</i>)

Despite Andhra Pradesh government’s ban on cock fights, organisers of the banned sport are reportedly adamant to conduct it this Sankaranti.

According to a Deccan Chronicle report, organisers of cockfights have planned to organise these fights around the AP & Telangana border to confuse cops.

There is lot of procedure to follow for a cop from one state to enter another to arrest a person or prevent a cockfight. They need to take permission from the respective district SP. But such procedures are not being followed by cops of the two states.

A Seshaiah, Businessman, Aswaraopet

In spite of the ban on cockfights, people from Dammapet, Aswaraopet, Sattupalli, Penuballi and Vemsoor mandals bet on cocks as part of their traditional festival Sankranti. These mandals have a 200-km border with Krishna and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Businessmen, corporates, villagers and students invite their friends and relatives from various cities to participate in this banned sport.

There are different beliefs, customs and rules followed in the cockfight. Some believe that adivasis should carry the birds that will be fighting while others think that knives should be used in the fights.

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