Those involved in the event face charges of manslaughter, illegal betting and hosting a cockfight, the AFP news agency reports. Local police officer B Jeevan said the animal would be taken to court as evidence at a later date, according to The New Indian Express. Cockfighting was made illegal in India in 1960 but fights are still relatively common in rural areas such as Telangana with many falling around the Hindu festival of Sankranti. It's not the first time an owner has been killed by their cockerel. Last year a man in Andhra Pradesh died after he was hit in the neck by a blade attached to his bird.