Bhimavaram Town Circle-Inspector Desimsetty Venkateswara Rao, tahsildar Chavvakula Prasad and police team inspecting the cockfight ring at an industrial area in Bhimavaram on Wednesday
Bhimavaram Town Circle-Inspector Desimsetty Venkateswara Rao, tahsildar Chavvakula Prasad and police team inspecting the cockfight ring at an industrial area in Bhimavaram on Wednesday

 Bhimavaram: Police and the officials of the revenue department are inspecting the ‘rings’ of cock-fights in the delta area of West Godavari district. It may be recalled that the High Court has directed the district administration to stop such cockfights that were going on unabatedly over the years in the district as part of tradition.  

Following the fiat, police in Bhimavaram area swung into action and inspected the rings which were opened last year at various places.  The district officials formed Joint Committees consisting members of the Cruelty Against Animals Association, Circle-Inspector of Police and tahsildar. 

The Joint Committee members and Bhimavaram Town Circle-Inspector of Police D Venkateswara Rao, tahsildar C Prasad and Bhimavaram One-Town Sub-Inspector K Appa Rao visited the cock fight rings that were constructed last year. They inspected the rings at Yanamadurru Road, Prakruti Ashramam, Industrial Area and other places. The stands and the circles that were arranged last year in these areas are still intact, they added.

Speaking on the occasion, Bhimavaram Town Circle-Inspector D Venkateswara Rao said that on the directive of Superintendent of Police M Ravi Prakash and Narsapur DSP T Prabhakara Babu, the team has been inspecting these areas to check the possible establishment of the cockfight rings. 

“We will submit a report on the present status to the higher officials. We already warned the cockfight organisers who were involved in the organisations of such fights earlier not to conduct them now and if anyone opened the rings, they will be dealt with seriously”, he said.  

Meanwhile, Bhimavaram Rural Sub-Inspector Ramachandra Rao conducted an awareness camp at Elampudi village in Bhimavaram rural on directive issued by the court on the cockfight. Addressing the villagers, he said that the cockfights were against the fiat of the High Court and do not indulge in the cockfight or gambling in the villages.  The police erected warning boards in respect of the cockfights.