Daily US Times: In southern India, a cockerel that had been fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight has killed its owner.
The owner of the bird was impaled in the groin by the knife as the animal tried to escape. He died on the way to hospital from a loss of blood.
Police are now searching for fifteen more people involved in the incident, which took place in the village of Lothunur in Telangana state earlier this week.
The bird was held at a police station before being transferred to a farm.
Police said the animal was being readied to take part in a cockfight when it tried to escape. Its owner attempted to catch it but was struck by the 7cm-long knife on the bird’s leg during the struggle.
Those involved in the event face charges of illegal betting and hosting a cockfight and manslaughter, the AFP news agency reports.
According to The New Indian Express, local police officer B Jeevan said the animal would be taken to court as evidence at a later date.
Cockfighting was made illegal in India in 1960 but those are still relatively common in rural areas such as Telangana with many falling around the Hindu festival of Sankranti.
It is not the first time an owner has been killed by their cockerel. A man in Andhra Pradesh died last year after he was hit in the neck by a blade attached to his bird.
The owner was taking his animal to a cockfight when the incident occurred, according to CNN.