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Chickens die of heart attack due to loud DJ music in Odisha
Debabrata Mohapatra / TNN / Updated: Nov 24, 2021, 00:46 IST

BHUBANESWAR: Panicked by loud music played at a marriage procession, 63 chickens died of suspected heart attack in a poultry farm in Balasore district on Sunday night. The bizarre matter came to the light after the farm’s owner Ranjit Kumar Parida lodged a complaint with Nilagiri police station on Tuesday.
In his complaint, Parida said the marriage procession with a DJ band passed in front of his farm at Kandagarandi village around 11.40 pm on Sunday, playing ear-splitting music. “I requested the band operators to lower the volume as the music was too noisy and panicky for the chickens, who were shivering terribly. But the groom’s friends shouted at me and instructed the band to increase the volume. They purposely halted in front of my poultry farm for about 15 minutes and played noisy music,” Parida’s complaint read.
When the procession finally passed the area, Parida was shocked to see many of the fowl unconscious in his farm. On Monday morning, Parida contacted some veterinary experts, who visited his farm and told him that those chickens died of heart attack. The chickens were not suffering from any disease.
“There were around 2,000 chickens in my farm. Each of the 63 dead chickens would be around 3 kg. I suffered a loss of around Rs 25,000. The dead chickens are still lying in the farm as the police have asked me not to dispose them of until the end of the inquiry,” Parida said.
Police said the matter is being investigated. “The Nilagiri police station has received a complaint in this regard. The charges are being verified,” superintendent of police (Balasore) Sudhanshu Mishra told TOI.
An officer of Nilagiri police station said they have asked the groom or any of his family members to appear in police station on Wednesday for verification of the allegation. The police have also sought the help of veterinary experts in Balasore to ascertain the cause of the death of the chickens.
“A chicken can die of heart attack after being exposed to high decibel sounds and extremely noisy music for several minutes. Animals and birds are scared of loud music and high decibel firecrackers,” Siba Prasad Das, a veterinary doctor said.

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