Small birds used for game in tribal fest

Rourkela, Jan. 28 : Over 2000 small birds were brought to a game of bird fighting for three days before thousands of cheering onlookers at a remote village in Tangarpali block of Sundergarh district, about 150 km from here.

People placed bets on the hapless winged creatures, locally known as champa, who were engaged in series of fights by the owners with the winner's crown resting on the bird who triumphed over others.

Altogether four birds were adjudged the “best fighters” in the “fight finals” held on the Republic day, yesterday.

The local Sarpanch, Mr Jayanti Naik attended the show as the chief guest and gave away prizes to the owners of the four birds.

Mr Harihar Kharsel, a social worker organised the show. Officials said the festival was organised as part of tribal customs and there was no untoward incident.