Cockfights organized in coastal AP in big way

Cockfights organized in coastal AP in big way

Cockfights have become more organized and violent in coastal Andhra Pradesh on the occasion of Sankranti this year despite direction from the  Supreme Court  that blades and betting must be kept away from the traditional sport.

The districts of Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari have witnessed unprecedented zeal with even women participating in betting and witnessing the cockfight in large number.

In Muramalla, in east Godavari the organizers have set up separate arenas, ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 5 lakh as base of betting amount. While initial rounds were organized without tying the blades to the legs of the roosters, slowly it turned bloody as cocks fought to death. All the roads leading to arenas called "Bari' were chock-a-block with vehicular traffic, with punters coming from far away places like Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam.

Rural areas of Kakinada, Rajamundry, Bhimavaram, Vizianagaram, Samarlakota, Jangareddygudem, Palakollu, Nidadavolu, Narsapuram and Pithapuram in the Godavari district, organizers who have the support of local politicians are using Drones to telecast the cockfights live to the audience sitting outside the arenas.

In many places organizers have introduced token system to do away with cash. The tokens could be exchanged with cash after the betting. In west Godavari district alone betting worth Rs 50 cr has taken place during past 48 hours. The police who were supposed to ensure that no betting takes place were nowhere seen.

In Kankipadu of Krishna and Tadipatri in Anantapuram districts, organizers have set up arenas for Pig fights. While Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu and his family have been celebrating Sankranti in their ancestral village Naravari Palli in Chittoor district, opposition leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy who is on Padayatra has celebrated the festival at Parakalva Cross in the same district.

 

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