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Madhya Pradesh court to decide fate of two fighter roosters today

The police have been asked to produce two cockerels, seized from a cockfight in Khairi village on Sunday, before the presiding judge. They spent the last three days tied in separate corners of a cell at the Athner police station because they couldn’t stop fighting with each other.

bhopal Updated: Jan 17, 2018 23:33 IST
Neeraj Santoshi
Neeraj Santoshi
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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There is a high probability of the cockerels being auctioned off on the court’s orders. (File photo/ HT)

A Betul court will play host to two very peculiar ‘witnesses’ on Thursday, and if sources are to be believed, theirs could be quite a disruptive presence.

The police have been asked to produce two cockerels, seized from a cockfight in Khairi village on Sunday, before the presiding judge. Sources said the feathered warriors spent the last three days tied in separate corners of a cell at the Athner police station because they couldn’t stop fighting with each other.

Police station in-charge Praveen Kumre said two people – Laxman Uike and Bapu Rao – were arrested for allegedly organising the cockfight at Khairi village, so local residents could place bets on the outcome. “We also seized nine two-wheelers during the raid. A case has been registered, and we are trying to identify the people who fled from the spot,” he added.

Kumre said the court would take a call on the cockerels’ fate. “Two birds seized in a similar case in Balaghat district were auctioned off on the orders of the local court,” he added.

Constable Rohit Kushwaha said the cockerels would have killed each other if they weren’t tied separately. “They are very aggressive. We have been feeding them well for the last three days, so they look nice for their court appearance,” he added.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 23:29 IST