Indian police said Sunday that an Indian man was stabbed to death by a cock after he got stuck with a 3-inch knife in the leg due to illegal cockfights.
Police in Lothunur village, Telangana state, said Thanjula Satish, 45, was stabbed in the groin last week when the bird that had just been armed to fight in a panic.
“Satish had a rooster knife in his thighs and began to bleed profusely,” police inspector B. Givan said on Sunday, revealing that the victim had died on his way to a local hospital.
Police are now looking for more than a dozen other people involved in organizing the fatal cockfights, warning they could face up to two years in prison if found guilty.
The rooster survived, and photos of him tied to a rope and tapping pills at the police station spread on social media.
“We may need to bring it to court,” Jeevan said.
In combat – banned in India in 1960 – two birds with a knife or blade attached to a fight until one of them dies or escapes.
Although bans are nationwide, they are still common in southern India’s states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, and are often under the watchful eye of local powerful politicians with big financial stakes.
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