Koppal, Jan 31: More than 900 sheep and two buffaloes were massacred by “devotees” to appease goddess Dyamavva during a fair at a remote village in Karnataka on Tuesday.
The fair is held once in five years at Malakanamaradi village in Gangavati taluk of Koppal district.
As per tradition, initially two buffaloes were sacrificed and offered to the idol goddess in the wee hours of Tuesday. Later, at least two to five sheep were sacrificed from each house in the village.
It is said the massive animal sacrifice could not be prevented though some village youths had tipped off the police department in advance.
Animal lover M N Sharanesh Patil alleged that animals were sacrificed in the presence of the police.