Coastal Andhra sees Sankranti cockfights despite police crackdown

Police take 100 persons into custody and register over 50 cases against organisers of cockfight in Krishna district

Published: 15th January 2022 05:09 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th January 2022 05:09 AM   |  A+A-

Cockfight organised at Ampapuram in Krishna district on Friday, Jan 14, 2022

Cockfight organised at Ampapuram in Krishna district on Friday, Jan 14, 2022. (Photo | EPS, P Ravindra Babu)

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: Week-long efforts of the police, who destroyed rooster fighting arenas across the State and took old offenders into preventive custody, could not prevent the illegal activity and gambling on Bhogi, the first day of Sankranti, on Friday.

In Krishna district, cockfights and gambling were organised at Royyur, Uppuluru, Thotlavalluru, Ampapuram, Gannavaram, G Kondur, Nuzvid, Musunuru, Kankipadu, Gudivada, Chatrai, Agiripalli, Mylavaram and other villages. Even the use of rooster knives continued unabated.

The situation in some villages was brought under control with the intervention of higher officials. According to the police, 100 persons were taken into custody and more than 50 cases were filed against organisers of cockfight in the district.“As far as the tradition is concerned, villagers and organisers can organise cockfights sans blades. However, gambling is prohibited,” said a senior police official.

Several political leaders reportedly attended cockfights in Krishna, Guntur and the twin Godavari districts that marked the Sankranti celebrations. Tents and food stalls were also arranged at several places. Thousands of people also took part in gambling on the occasion.

The situation was similar in both the East and West Godavari districts, where cockfights were held on a grand note at Tadepalligudem, Chotimella, Gudivakalanka, Akiveedu, Undi, Bhimavaram, Palkollu, Mandapet,  Narasapuram, Lingapalem, Chintalapudi, Kamavarapukota, Eluru and Pedavegi mandals. 

Many lodges and convention halls in Eluru, Bhimavaram, Rajahmundry, Kakinada and other towns in both the districts were fully booked as punters and enthusiasts from various places arrived to the districts to participate in the celebrations. 

According to sources, gambling activities were conducted in Bhimavaram, Eluru, Denduluru, Undi, Yalamanchili, Narsapuram, Aakivudu, Jangareddy Gudem, Chintalapudi and Tadepalligudem. In Guntur district, Sankranti celebrations were held in Sattenapalli.


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