Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

In a strange incident, police have reportedly detained two roosters following a raid during a cockfight at Dumaliguda village in Malkangiri district on Thursday.  

The cocks have been tied with ropes at police station after they were caught attacking each other with sharp knives as per instruction of their owners.  

According to reports, police raided a cockfight den at Dumaliguda village. Four gamblers were arrested in this connection while the two cocks were also taken into custody. The gamblers have been identified as Ramachandra Madhi, Dhana Gadeli, Bandhu Madkami and Trinath Matam, all local residents.  

Police also seized some sharp weapons used in the cockfight. “Acting on a tip off, we raided the area where illegal cockfight and gambling was underway. Four persons were arrested and two cocks have been detained in this connection,” said Malkangiri police station OIC.

While the rooster owners have been forwarded to court, the two cocks that were seized are now in custody at Malkangiri police station. 

“We are looking for a caretaker who can take care of the roosters. The cocks will be handed over to the caretaker soon,” he added.

Illegal cockfight and gambling activities are rampant in some pockets of tribal infested Malkangiri during paddy harvesting season.

“Raids will continue to curb all illegal activities,” said another police official.