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Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Assistant professor, 11 others booked for betting on rooster fights

Patiala, July 27

The district police here today arrested four persons for their alleged involvement in an illegal cockfighting game. Besides, nine roosters were recovered from them.

Sumrinder Singh Sira, Assistant professor at Punjabi University, Bhopal Singh, Jagtar Singh and 12 unknown persons have also been booked.

"Around 100 to 150 people had gathered at Jungle Lodge Resort on the Sangrur-Rajpura bypass. Four persons were arrested from the spot," said SSP Mandeep Singh Sidhu.

"Every month, a day is reserved, preferably last Sunday or Monday, to hold the event. A message is secretly sent to all group members, who rear roosters for such fights, and to those who bet money," said a Dakala villager.

"A 2014 Supreme Court judgment clarified the illegality of animal fighting under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Respective Deputy Commissioners, police and the Animal Husbandry Department can initiate action against those indulging in animal fighting," said Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Kuldip Kumar. — TNS

from The Tribune

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