– Gameness til the End
By MD Ameen
THE HANS INDIA | Jan 14,2018 , 11:46 PM IST
Punters keenly watching the cock-fight at Pedapulipaka on the outskirts of Vijayawada on Sunday
Vijayawada: Defying the police orders and the High Court instructions, organisers began cock-fights on a massive scale in many parts of Krishna district on Sunday to mark the Sankranti celebrations. Cock-fights were organised in Nuzvid, Musunuru, Kankipadu, Gudivada, Chatrai, Agiripalli, Mylavaram and Pedapulipaka on the outskirts of Vijayawada. Crores of rupees were changed the hands due to the bettings.
The organisers made preparations long time ago by giving training to the roosters and high protein diet to win the bloody fights where the birds die within minutes. Punters also made elaborate arrangements to collect and transfer the money at the arena.
Cockfight rings were very busy with thousands of visitors came from other districts also. The police initially tried to resist the cock-fights till Sunday morning but left the villages paving the way to continue the fights, which are the part of tradition in the Coastal districts particularly in Krishna, West and East Godavari districts.
At Eedupugallu village in Kankipadu mandal, the organisers initially began the cock-fights without knives. Since afternoon, they tied the knives to the roosters, which gave momentum to the game. Thousands of people gathered in the village to celebrate the festival by watching cock-fights, playing gambling and eating variety of dishes arranged in the makeshift stalls.
Similarly, Janardhanavaram village in Chatrai mandal also attracted a large number of cockfight lovers and punters. In Nuzvid mandal, rings were arranged in Sunkollu, MN Palem and Mukkallapadu villages. Thousands of people gathered in these villages on Sunday.
The bettings will intensify on Monday as there were no police to check the game. Cock-fight arenas were also arranged in Sobhanapuram and Adavinekkalam villages in Agiripalli mandal. Similarly, cock-fights were arranged in Gudivada, Mylavaram, Kaikaluru and other mandals in the district on Sunday. And these fights will continue one or two more days.
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January 15, 2018 23:15 IST
Updated: January 16, 2018 08:12 IST
Cash flowed freely despite ATMs in State running dry
The release of ₹2,000, ₹500 and ₹200 notes helped the cockfight organisers and punters, who bet ₹50,000 and above in stakes.
Expecting cash crunch during the festivities, punters maintained huge balances to play the game. Organisers carried up to ₹3 lakh in big denominations in their pockets and made spot payment at the venues.
Though ATMs ran dry, the fights were organised in a big way and huge amount changed hands in the last few days.
Group clashes were reported in some villages over the fights. However, no police cases were booked.
Violating the courts’ orders, the fights were conducted with knives. Officials remained mute spectators as the blood sport was organised at several places even in urban areas.
The green pastures turned red with many a rooster dying after the fierce battle and the visitors enjoying the game.
Public representatives, students, traders, industrialists, realtors, celebrities, women and locals participated in big numbers. Heavy crowds were seen at the courts at Eluru, Palakol, Narsapuram, Akiveedu, Mummidivaram, Gokavaram, Rajanagaram, Peddapuram, Kankipadu, Kalidindi, Kaikalur, Hanuman Junction, Bhimavaram, Tanuku and other places.
Mummidivaram MLA Datla Subbaraju, Unguturu MLA Veeranjaneyulu, Denduluru MLA Chintamaneni Prabhakar and Polavaram MLA M. Srinivas inaugurated the fights. Penamaluru MLA Bode Prasad, MLC Yelamanchili Babu Rajendraprasad and other leaders also participated in the game.
“Like previous years, we conducted the game and the response was overwhelming. We are organising cockfights but in accordance with the directions of the court, and we have not violated the orders,” an organiser of Godavarru village in Krishna district said.
The police conducted raids on the gamblers in West Godavari and Krishna districts and seized some cash. They took the gamblers into custody and booked cases against them.
There was a heavy demand for roosters during Sankranthi this year. They were being sold at ₹10,000 to ₹30,000 and the organisers fixed ₹10,000 to ₹25,000 to participate in ‘Kodi Pandelu’ for one game. Bets ranged between ₹1 lakh and ₹3 lakh and the meat of the roosters was sold at ₹1,500 and above in the villages.
“We came from Hyderabad and enjoyed the game. My brother lost ₹62,000 in two games and won one game and got ₹50,000. It depends on luck and we enjoyed it,” said a punter V. Srujana, a housewife.
A crore or koti denotes ten million (10,000,000 or 107 in scientific notation) and is equal to 100 lakh in the Indian numbering system as 1,00,00,000 with the local style of digit group separators (a lakh is equal to one hundred thousand and is written as 1,00,000).
As of this writing, 1 US Dollar is 64 Indian Rupees. Hence today, a crore (10,000,000 INR) is 156,250 USD.