Politicians under pressure to back cock fights

RAJAHMUNDRY: The fight over cock fights appears to be heading for a climax with the pro-sport people bringing pressure on politicians to ensure that the activity is allowed unhindered this Sankranti even as cops on Tuesday constituted 42 teams to prevent the fights from happening.

The Hyderabad High Courthad banned cock fights and directed the district administrations of East & West Godavari, Krishna and Guntur to ensure that the game is not allowed to be held. People engaged in organising cock fights and betters have been claiming that it is a tradition held every Sankranti. However, apart from animal lovers who oppose the sport on the grounds of cruelty, law enforcement agencies are of the view that crores of rupees are exchanged during the peak of the activity that happens from January 12 to 16.