An 18-year-old student who worked part-time as an AC mechanic died after falling from the terrace of a five-floor building after being allegedly chased by two pet dogs of one of the residents, police said Wednesday.
The incident took place in Thakurpukur area of South-24 Parganas district late Tuesday night. The deceased has been identified as Gaurav Purakit, a resident of Charaktala area in the district. The owner of the dog and the man who had hired Gaurav have been arrested and charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Police said, Tapas Kumar Ghoshal, a resident of Diptikona Apartment, had employed Gaurav and his friend Tarun Purakit to install an AC on the rooftop Tuesday. In the evening, the two mechanics sought permission to leave stating that they will return the next morning to complete the work, but Ghoshal insisted that they leave only after the work was done.
Meanwhile, another resident, identified as Sumit Bhattacharya, reached the terrace with his pet dogs — full grown Alsatians named Kuttush and Miki — and unchained them. “One of the dogs allegedly lunged at Gaurav, who lost his balance and fell from the rooftop,” a senior police officer said.
Gaurav’s co-worker Tarun claimed that they both had pleaded with Bhattacharya, a school teacher, not to release the dogs.
“Bhattacharya claimed the dogs were trained and wouldn’t harm us. But one of them chased Gaurav and the other one came after me. The dog hit Gaurav on the chest. He lost balance and fell. Only then did Bhattacharya take control of his dogs,” Tarun told The Indian Express.
The CCTV footage obtained from the building showed a body falling to the ground.
Tarun along with the security guards of the building rushed a bleeding Gaurav to the DM Hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
Based on a complaint lodged by Gaurav’s uncle, Uttam Purkait, police arrested Bhattacharya and Ghoshal.
“On the basis of the complaint filed by the deceased’s uncle, the accused have been booked under sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder, causing death of any person by negligent act) and 374 (unlawfully compelling a person to labour against the will of that person).
We are investigating the matter,” said Vishal Garg, joint commissioner of police (Crime).