A 24-year-old engineering student has been arrested from Lucknow for allegedly stabbing three stray dogs outside Green Park Metro station in March.
The accused, identified as Nakul Mishra, had been suffering from depression, said police sources. His pet dog had also died recently after a prolonged illness, said police sources. “During questioning, he told us he had been sacked from his job, after which his girlfriend refused to marry him,” said sources.
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Mishra was preparing for MTech entrance exams after completing his graduation, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (south) Ishwar Singh. “He was arrested Friday from Alam Bagh in Lucknow after police got specific inputs about his location. He was brought to Delhi on a transit remand,” he said.
The police complaint in the case had been filed on March 16 by Gaurav Wadhwa, the owner of a cycle shop near Green Park Metro station. Wadhwa said he had found three injured dogs and a dead puppy near the station. However, Delhi Police said they had only found the injured dogs at the site, but no dead puppy. A video of the incident, recorded by CCTV cameras installed outside the station, showed a man, who was wearing a jacket and shorts, attacking the dogs with a knife.
“Mishra has been booked on charges of mischief by killing or maiming animal or cattle and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,” said Singh.
A special police team, formed to find the attacker,had conducted door-to-door searches in nearby localities, especially in Yusuf Sarai, and scanned through thousands of tenant verification forms. “Once police zeroed in on Mishra, it was revealed that he left his rented room in Yusuf Sarai… before leaving for his parent’s home in Lucknow, from where he was arrested,” said a police officer.
He added that in the video of the incident, Mishra can be seen feeding the dogs first, before he attacks them brutally on the staircase near one of the exits of Green Park Metro station.
During questioning, Mishra admitted that he had stabbed the dogs, said DCP Singh. “He told us where he had hidden the knife he had used and the clothes he was wearing at the time of the incident. We have recovered them,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, an animal rights body said Mishra should be awarded jail term and psychiatric treatment should be provided to him. “Humane Society International (HSI) India had… worked with Delhi Police to track down the accused… HSI, India, has demanded jail time and psychiatric intervention for the alleged dog killer,” it said.