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A rooster will be produced in court as evidence after killing its owner.
Thangulla Satish, from Telangana, India, died during a cockfight at Yellamma Temple in Jagtial District, Telangana, on 22 February
The rooster was photographed after being taken to the police station, but has since been transferred to a farm, the BBC reports.
Mr Satish is said to have died after a 'kodi kathi' (knife), which was tied to the rooster's leg, sliced through his groin when the bird attempted to set itself free from his clutches.
The 45-year-old was rushed to hospital and was later pronounced dead.
As the practice is banned, the cockfight was a secret event.
However, despite the 'sport' being outlawed, it remains popular in Telangana, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha states - especially around the time of the Hindu festival of Sankranti - with thousands of birds dying every year.
The authorities are said to be investigating the man's death and hunting down those responsible for the event.
Speaking to AFP, local police officer B. Jeevan said: "We are searching for the other 15 people involved in organising the illegal fight."
Officer Jeevan added that the rooster would be produced in court as evidence at a later date, according to the New Indian Express.
Last year, a police officer in the Phillipines was killed by a fighting rooster during a raid on an illegal cockfight event after the bird sliced the man's artery in his leg, which led him to bleed out and die.
The freak accident occurred on 26 October in Northern Samar when Lieutenant Christine Bolok attended the scene of an illegal cockfighting ring as he tried to gather evidence of the unlawful event.
According to provincial police chief Colonel Arnel Apud, the rooster was armed with a razor blade, which managed to slice Bolok's femoral artery on his left thigh as he tried to confiscate the animal.
Bolok was reportedly rushed to the provincial hospital and declared dead on arrival.
Colonel Apud said in a statement: "I have a heavy heart as we have lost a brother who sacrificed his own life in the name of service.
"The [Philippine National Police] grieves the untimely death of Lt Bolok and extends its deepest sympathy to his family and relatives."
Apud added in another statement: "It was an unfortunate accident and a piece of bad luck that I cannot explain.
"I could not believe it when it was first reported to me. This is the first time in my 25 years as a policeman that I lost a man due to a fighting cock's spur."
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