Chandigarh: Four accused of animal cruelty, arrested

An FIR was lodged Saturday by Nandini Kakar, a member of the Animal Welfare Board of India, under Section 11 (1) of the Animal Protection Act at the Sector 49 police station.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: January 31, 2016 9:04 am
Animal cruelty, animal torcher, Chandigarh animal cruelty, animal cruelty accused arrested, Chandigarh Animal cruelty accused arrested, Animal welfare board, animal protection, animal rights Protester playing with another stray dog during their protest against cruelty animals outside the Kendriya Vihar in sector 48 Chandigarh on Saturday, January 30 2016. (Express Photo by Sahil Walia)

Three people were arrested Saturday for allegedly inflicting cruelty on a stray dog at Kendriya Vihar Society, Sector 48. Another accused is yet to be arrested.

The incident came to light after a video of the accused allegedly manhandling the dog went viral on social networking sites two days ago.

An FIR was lodged Saturday by Nandini Kakar, a member of the Animal Welfare Board of India, under Section 11 (1) of the Animal Protection Act at the Sector 49 police station.

Among the people named in the FIR are the president of the Society, V K Bansal, and other residents Brajesh Kaushal, Omesh and V P Saini.

While three of them are expected to be released on bail, Kaushal is not in town.

According to animal activist Varun Sharma, the accused mercilessly beat up a stray dog on the evening of January 27, bundled him in a sack and then dumped him on the Zirakpur-Patiala road.

“We’ve been searching for the dog since then, and found out that he is alive. A bystander who saw these men release the dog at the said location confirmed, but we have been not able to locate him thereafter,” added Sharma. Fondly addressed as ‘Tibby’, the dog was looked after by Kendriya Vihar resident Dalbir Singh.

“My daughter was very fond of animals and she grew attached to him. She passed away a few months ago, and my wife and I have been taking care of him since then. He has never hurt anyone, and would keep to himself,” said Singh, who was away when this incident happened.

Although the children of the society said the dog was “friendly and harmless”, parents disagreed. “A few days ago, a child fell down the stairs because of the dog. He would chase children, litter and defecate and bark unnecessarily. We can’t have this kind of menace,” said the residents. Ironically, most of them own pets. “Our campus has to be clear of them,” they added on condition of anonymity.

The security guard of the society too had been warned by the residents. “They gave in writing that our three months’ salary will be cut if we don’t get rid of the dog,” said the harried guard.

“I had been receiving complaints for the last couple of months. Two stray dogs entered our campus and have been troubling residents.

They say they pay the guard to keep stray animals out, to keep the vicinity safe, and so we had to take some action,” said accused V K Bansal. According to him, the videos are a mere “act of mischief by children and this entire episode has been exaggerated”.

“We had reached out to the MC first, but they couldn’t catch hold of the dog, so we took action ourselves. We simply caught hold of him and took him out of this place. We never beat him,” asserted Bansal.

On Saturday, protesters gathered outside the society and raised slogans. Kakar said that they would be approaching DPI (Schools) to lodge a complaint against Kaushal (he is a teacher with Kendriya Vidyalaya-47). They will also be taking out a candlelight march outside the society at 5 pm Sunday. “The solution is not torture or dislocation. That is illegal and it only distresses the animal more. We have to work towards animal rights awareness, towards sterilisation and vaccination drives to manage this issue,” added Sharma.

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    Vikrant yadav
    Feb 2, 2016 at 2:23 am
    Please share It is easy to imagine Dog as Victim but could it be other way around. Protests Protection And Care For Animals – PACFA . They not only created nuisance, hooliganism but also misbehaved with the ladies present in the Society Park and also yelled abusive and filthy language at the ladies. They totally blocked the entry at the main gate and did not allow any vehicle to come in and go out for 3 to 4 hours. i watched it and i know the other side of it. This Dog had entered the locality 6 months back and all efforts to catch it did not work. We called dog catchers and even they were not able to do the Job. The dog bit the person and then he was caught. His hind legs were tied as he bit everyone who came close to his mouth. Dog even chewed away the ropes. then people finally tried to sack it and only then the man holding rope kicked dog once. Watch video again they are trying to sack it so that the dog could be transported again. In now other video dog is being beaten. Now watch the videos again with what i have said and let me know if I am wrong, People who caught the dog were no professionals at this and did what they could. Every leaving beings life is important. and every leaving being has the right to protect its life and well as those of his beloveds. Man does what he does for his children. No one enjo it. every one wanted it to end. and no one wants that his or her children are harmed may it be dog or man. Please share Be rational and watch the videos and the comment. This so called peaceful protest by so called NGO. 6X7lRJsQ ... Be rational and watch the videos and the comment. This so called peaceful protest by so called NGO. Male and Female protesters were shouting vulgar language and wrong gestures. Protests Protection And Care For Animals – PACFA . They not only created nuisance, hooliganism but also misbehaved with the ladies present in the Society Park and also yelled abusive and filthy language at the ladies. They totally blocked the entry at the main gate and did not allow any vehicle to come in and go out for 3 to 4 hours. Have you ever seen Protests Protection And Care For Animals – PACFA vans Catching DOGS? Do you know where there office is? Do you know where there Dog Shelter is? Why do they not have any information on their web site.? Be rational and question.? I might be wrong you could be you and so could be them? Don’t let anyone thing for you. Think for yourself. It is easy to imagine Dog as Victim but could it be other way around. Please share
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    Abhishek
    Feb 4, 2016 at 7:52 am
    R u mad? drunk? or an absolute
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    Sid Mahapatra
    Feb 3, 2016 at 5:24 pm
    Disguistn animals r d 1st citizen strict action should b taken !!!
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    Sid Mahapatra
    Feb 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm
    R u illiterate ? Or blind ? Bloody hel how can u tel they did right evry single creature has d ri8 to live.
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    Navnish Bhardwaj
    Feb 5, 2016 at 1:02 pm
    #Justice for #Tibby .. I don't care.. Daily 3 girls are being raped and noone gathered to protest. #Dogs #Shame #Indian #Stupid #Mentality
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