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

Police investigate protestors

Police investigate protestors

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.''