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Hyderabad HC bans cock-fight

Sounding a note of caution to politicians not to endorse the `inhuman cock fights' with their open participation in such unlawful events during the Sankranti season, the Hyderabad High Court on Monday banned cock fights and all activities associated with it. 
●    This practice, that is also linked to discrete betting that evaporate the assets of several families overnight, is prevalent in Andhra Pradesh, particularly in the four districts of East Godavari, West Godavari , Krishna and Guntur.
●    The HC directed the district collectors of these four districts to constitute, by January 7, 2017, joint inspection teams for each mandal that should comprise an SI, a tahsildar rank revenue officer, a representative from the animal welfare board or an NGO to identify the fields that are prepared for cock fights. 
●    Upon receiving information from the inspection teams about such sites, the district collectors and SPs shall ensure that they are not used for cock fights and have the authority to even impose Section 144 of the CrPC to prevent large gatherings.