the man’s death has sparked a manhunt
An Indian rooster owner has been killed by the bird after it was fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight.
The cockfight took place in the village of Lothunur, in the Karimnagar district of Telangana.
The rooster had a sharp knife attached to its leg in anticipation of the fight.
However, the bird inflicted serious injuries to its owner’s groin during an attempt to escape.
According to local police officer B Jeevan, 45-year-old Thangulla Satish died from a loss of blood before he could reach a hospital.
Officer Jeevan also said that the rooster’s owner was among 16 people organising the Lothunur cockfight when the accident took place.
The rooster is now at a poultry farm, following a holding at the police station.
Speaking of the rooster, officer Jeevan said:
“We may need to produce it before the court.”
The rooster attempted to escape during its preparation for the fight. The blade then struck Satish during his struggle to catch it.
Now, Satish’s death has sparked a manhunt for the remaining cockfight organisers.
“We are searching for the other 15 people involved in organising the illegal fight.”
The organisers of the fight could face charges of manslaughter and illegal betting, as well as a charge for hosting a cockfight.
If proven guilty, the organisers could face up to two years in prison.
The incident sheds light on a practice that continues despite a decades-old ban.
Cockfighting became illegal in India in 1960. However, cockfights are still common in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Odisha, particularly during the Hindu festival of Sankranti.
Specially-bred roosters have a three-inch-long knife or blade tethered to their legs.
Then, punters bet on which rooster will win the fight. Cockfight betting often involves large sums of money.
Thousands of roosters die each year in cockfights. They still attract large crowds, despite the efforts of various animal rights groups.
Roosters have sharp blades tied to their legs in cockfights to harm their rivals.
Fights continue until one of them either dies or runs away, declaring the other rooster the winner.
This is not the first time that a rooster has killed its owner during a cockfight.
In 2020, a man from Andhra Pradesh died after he was struck in the neck with a blade that was attached to his bird.