Police look for men who launched bird rocket

Police investigate protesters in India stuffed birds into a rocket and set fire to them to make a statement at a politcal rally.

Police look for men who launched bird rocket

A man launched a rocket stuffed with birds during a political protest.

Two birds died, some flew away with party flags tied to their necks and others were scorched or injured after being packed into a firecracker and attached to the explosive, which was set off at the rally in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh in south-east India.

Leaked video footage has shocked the public, although some birds escaped milliseconds before the rocket exploded mid-air.

Inspector Prasada Rao said to local media: "We are studying the video footage.

"The culprits who put the two pigeons in cones will be soon arrested."

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