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Punter killed at cockfight

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A clash at the venue of cockfights in the surroundings of Kakinada in East Godavari district on Friday night claimed the life of a punter. Seven others, three of them seriously, were injured in the incident. The deceased is identified as Sher Singh.

Kakinada/Eluru: A clash at the venue of cockfights in the surroundings of Kakinada in East Godavari district on Friday night claimed the life of a punter. Seven others, three of them seriously, were injured in the incident. The deceased is identified as Sher Singh.

  • Deadly clash between two rival groups in East Godavari
  • Condition of the three injured is said to be critical
  • Organisers of blood sport get the better of police in West Godavari

The incident happened at Kovvada village. A conflict between punters led to two rival groups going on stabbing spree. The police said Sher Singh, who died in the clash, was a rowdy-sheeter. But the police failed to explain why they had allowed cockfights and gambling despite the ban imposed by the apex court.

Punters exchanging currency notes at one of the cockfights venues in East Godavari on Saturday

Meanwhile, organisers of cockfights and punters got the better of the police in West Godavari. Though the Superintendent of Police, K Raghuram Reddy, acted tough with the organisers and punters, he was unable to stamp out the blood sport, probably because of political pressure.

In fact, there was uncertainty over the possibility of staging cockfights till the last minute. The police suddenly loosened their grip following a meeting between a politician and a higher police official. It triggered no-holds barred cock fights in the district. Apart from cockfights, gambling of all varieties were organised on a massive scale. A disturbing rise of binge drinking among those participated in the cock fights and gambling was witnessed. Liquor merchants were laughing all the way to the bank.

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