Illegal cockfight rampant in rural areas of Palakkad
Kozhinjampara: Kozhinjampara region in Palakkad district of Kerala is witnessing a rise in the number of gangs organising illegal cockfight.
According to CI M Shashidharan, strict actions will be taken if anyone found involved in illegal cockfight.
Organising cockfight for money or by attaching small knife like stuff in cock’s leg is banned. Still, many are involved in this practice. The rise in cockfight related feuds led to banning of this practice. Earlier, cockfight was very common , especially in eastern sides of Kerala which shares border with Tamil Nadu. After a ban came into force on illegal cockfight in 1960, the organisers of this sport gradually reduced. However, still it is prevailant in some areas.
In Kozhinjampara region there are more than 20 gangs organising illegal cockfight. Huge sum of money is also spent for this game. The price of cocks trained in cockfighting ranges from Rs 3,000 to lakhs. Cocks, that wins continuously, will fetch more money. The cock fight is arranged on holidays and festival days. They are hosted in coconut grooves near border regions.
Meanwhile, chances of getting caught by police while arranging this banned sport is rare. The organisers assign people to check the presence of cops and alert. Similarly, even if they are caught they are only booked under charges which are easily bailable from the police station itself. Notably, the cocks caught from the spot are placed for auction sales in the station after the approval from court. More often it will be the members of the gangs who will be bidding for the cocks. They get the cocks back at low rates.