Joint commissioner of police (law and order) Ravindra Kadam on Friday said the senior officials in police stations had been instructed to deal with animal-related crimes strictly and the inspectors failing on this front would be dealt with sternly.
On the police apathy towards investigating animal cruelty cases and lodging FIR, Kadam, said, “We are aware of all the legal provisions of animal welfare laws and have told all the senior inspectors that whenever such animal cruelty complaints come, they should be entertained properly. Hopefully, you will now find a positive change in how police stations deal with animal-related crimes. If there is no improvement, we will certainly deal with the defaulters.”
Nitesh Khare, honorary animal welfare officer under the Union government’s Animal Welfare Board of India, alleged that he was recently threatened by a constable at the Wakad police station when he went there to file a complaint.
S P Jadhav, the senior inspector of the Wakad police, said, “We have not come across any complaint about an animal welfare officer being threatened. Had such a complaint come to our notice, we would have taken strict action. All police stations have been instructed to deal with animal cruelties strictly.”