Organizers Defy Court Order to Hold Cockfights

Cockfights were still held in Andhra Pradesh, India during the Sankranti festival despite court order banning cockfights in the state.

Defiant organizers did large-scale cockfights in Krishna, West Godavari and East Godavari district of coastal Andhra.

Police officers were able to stop a few cockfights, but the organizers and cockfight enthusiasts had a field day in most of the villages.

Politicians from the ruling Telugu Desam Party, its ally Bharatiya Janata Party and main opposition YSR Congress Party even graced some of the cockfights.

A businessman identified as Dayakar created a stir when he opened three rounds of fire from his licensed revolver to launch the cockfight in Srinivaspuram village in West Godavari district.

He was detained by authorities for questioning.

BJP leader Raghurama Krishnamraju, who challenged in the Supreme Court the orders of Hyderabad High Court banning cockfights in Andhra Pradesh, inaugurated a fight in Bheemavaram in West Godavari district.

Krishnamraju maintained his stand that cockfighting is a rural sport being organized for centuries during Sankranti, noting that it is a part of the Telugu culture.

The Supreme Court refused to issue fresh orders on cockfights, which means the ban on cockfighting remains.

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