A rooster that had been fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight has killed its owner in southern India.

A rooster fitted with a knife for an illegal cockfight killed its owner in southern India, the owner was impaled in the groin by the weapon attached to the rooster.

The man suffered cuts while the animal tried to escape, and the man died on the way to the hospital due to heavy loss of blood.

Police are searching for 15 other people involved in the illegal cockfighting event which took place in the village of Lothunur in Telangana state this week.

Before being transformed to a farm the rooster was kept at a police station, according to reports the animal was being prepared to take part in a fight when it started to escape as its owner tried to catch it but was struck with a 7cm-long blade fitted on the rooster’s leg, BBC reported.

According to the AFP news agency, people involved in this rooster fight will face manslaughter charges, illegal betting, and hosting a cockfight event.

Indian media outlets report the rooster will be taken to court as evidence soon, cockfighting was made illegal in India in 1960 but still are common in rural areas.

Cockfighting was common in ancient India takes place mostly organized during Sankranti, It is even recorded that the battle of Palnadu in the year 1178–1182 was decided by a rooster fight.

This is not the first-time roosters fitted with knives have previously injured and killed many people.

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