GURUGRAM: Two men were arrested on Friday night for allegedly murdering a stray dog in Sector 82 on January 16. The arrested persons were granted bail by a city court on Saturday.
On January 16, Naman Joshi, a resident of DLF Primus, Sector 82, lodged a police complaint, alleging that two men and their accomplices thrashed a dog to death.
Allegedly, the group also threatened him and his mother when they tried to rescue the dog. The mother-son duo not only witnessed the killing but also recorded a video confession of the accused which they later submitted to police. According to Joshi, they noticed injuries on the dog’s neck before the accused fled the scene with the body.
At the time, an FIR was registered against the accused under sections 11 (1), (L) of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and IPC sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 199 (false statement made in declaration), 200 (using as true such declaration knowing it to be false), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 415 (cheating), 416 (cheating by personation), 428 (killing or maiming animal), 499 (defamation), 503 (criminal intimidation), 506 (criminal intimidation if threat be to cause death or hurt) of the Kherki Daula police station.
The next day, police recovered the dog’s body and a postmortem revealed death by panic and anxiety. Around seven months old, the female dog was tied up with something sharp which left outer injuries on her body but it was the clotting in her heart that eventually led to her death.
Tushar and Deepak who had been working at a construction site in Sector 82 were arrested in the case. “This is a victory for those fighting for the cause of animal welfare in Gurugram with police taking exemplary action for the first time,” said Chetna Joshi, an animal rights activist.
“The two accused were granted bail. The probe is on and if others are found to have been involved, they will also be arrested,” said sub-inspector Lal Singh Dhankhar, the in-charge of Vatika police chowki.