As the Sankranti festival nears, the cops in Godavari districts have tightened the noose on cockfights and gambling organizers. Eluru Range DIG KV Mohan Rao has directed the police officials of the East Godavari district to keep a close tab on cockfights so as to enforce the High Court orders.
During a video-conference with the police officials, the DIG issued strict instructions to check the cockfights and gambling, very popular in two Godavari districts and Krishna district as well. “Playing, and organizing cockfights and gambling are crime and stern action would be taken against the people involving in such offenses,” he said. With the coordination of police, revenue, animal husbandry departments, and NGOs, the inspections will be carried out. Police can register cases against the organizers under the AP Gaming Act and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960.
He said the village-level teams comprising village revenue officers, panchayat secretaries, village volunteers, and village protection committees must work collectively to check cockfights. He also warned that headmasters or principals of the education institutes would be liable for punishment if the cockfights are organized on premises of the schools, colleges, and other educational institutions.
He further said if the cockfights are organized in private land, the owners of the concerned land will be liable for playing or organizing the cockfights would draw punishment. The top cop also asked the police to keep a vigil on the people, who make knives for the cockfights and persons tying knives to the legs of the roosters and bind them over, if necessary.
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