Shivtej slum dwellers told police a man committed the crime after the canine bit a child in the area a couple of days ago
Yet another case of cruelty against animals has come to light. This time, a middle-aged man allegedly killed a two-month-old puppy near Shivtej slum in the city.
The incident was brought to the notice of Tanmayi Lonkar, an animal activist, by her colleague who is a resident of the area and witnessed the man dragging the canine on the road.
Narrating the incident, Lonkar said, “On Thursday around 9.30 am, I was informed by my colleague that a man dragged a puppy on the road near Shivtej slum area. When I reached the spot the dog was already dead. He was hung from a cement shed. After inquiring among locals, I was told that the pup had bitten a kid in the slum area a few days ago. Just to seek vengeance, the man ended up killing the dog.”
According to the animal welfare volunteer, the police sprang into action and took cognisance of the matter. Now, eyewitnesses will be called in to identify the culprit.
Lakshman Pajpute, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) attached to Hinjawadi police station, told Mirror, “We are investigating the case further and an identification parade will be conducted. We are hoping to catch the criminal at the earliest.”
An FIR has been lodged at the Hinjawadi police station under Section 428 for mischief by killing or maiming animal of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 11(1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
Reacting to the crime, Nitesh Khare, honorary animal welfare officer under the Union government’s Animal Welfare Board of India and Society for Animal Safety (SAS) president, said, “In the morning, Lonkar, who is an SAS volunteer, informed me that one of her colleagues witnessed animal cruelty in Shivtej area in Hinjawadi. Both of us rushed to the spot. But by the time we got there, the puppy was found hung from a cement shed. I immediately spoke to the ASI attached to Hinjawadi police station and he sent a team to probe the incident. The cops asked the locals and eyewitnesses were called for identification of the spot. However, the culprit was not found. For further investigation, the people from the slum will be called to the police station to identify the criminal. The sensitivity and promptness shown by the officials of Hinjewadi police station was commendable. This is by far the most proactive reaction on the part of police that I have witnessed so far. The entire process of filing the FIR and preliminary investigation happened within two hours.”
█ By the time we got there, the puppy was found hung from acement shed. For further investigation, the people from the slum will be called to the police station to identify the criminal. The sensitivity and promptness shown by the officials of Hinjewadi police station was commendable
—Nitesh Khare, honorary animal welfare officer