Uproar in Noida as police put out three videos backing killing of ‘mad’ dog by traffic marshal

The videos have since received angry responses on Facebook and Twitter, one of which says, “Under what section of IPC does UP police have the authority to murder dogs by standing on their necks?”

Written by GITANJALI DAS | Noida | Updated: July 21, 2017 9:31 am
Noida Traffic Police, dog, dog killing, street dogs, street dogs killing, noida, news, UP, indian express The photo was submitted to police by 2 NGOs as evidence

Days after a video showing a traffic marshal stamping a stray dog’s throat till it died in a busy market is Noida’s Sector 45 went viral, the Noida Traffic Police released three video testimonials of alleged witnesses on social media, calling them a “reality check by Noida police, truth behind killing of dog by retired fauji traffic volunteer in public interest”.

In the videos, three vendors are seen saying, “Woh kutta paagal tha, 4-6 logon ko kaat chuka tha.” One vendor says, “People told me about it. They said the dog was mad. It had bitten 4-6 people. The man came and put his leg on it, and it died.” In the middle of the clip, someone is heard prompting him, “Had he not put his leg on the dog, would it have bitten more people?” The vendor then says, yes, and repeats.

The videos have since received angry responses on Facebook and Twitter, one of which says, “Under what section of IPC does UP police have the authority to murder dogs by standing on their necks?” “Such a horrible and shameless thing to do. And worse, you’re defending killing a harmless and helpless dog,” says another. “Pathetic excuse… Let’s see the post-mortem sheet of the dog stating it was rabid then?” asks another.

Station Officer Ajay Kumar of Sector 39 police station told The Indian Express, “The accused, Dhan Singh, a traffic marshal, was arrested on Monday night. He got bail the same day,” before hanging up while this reporter was still asking questions. He then stopped answering calls.

Asked if the police were trying to justify the killing of the dog by posting the video testimonials, SSP, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Love Kumar, said, “What he did may have been wrong, but he had no malafide intentions. Amid the panic, he was trying to protect the public, which I appreciate. He was trying to control the dog, and during that it died.”

Asked why due process was not followed to ascertain if the dog was rabid, and whether a post-mortem had been done, the SSP said, “Is it possible to follow procedure at all times? I am not sure whether a post-mortem was done.” He also rejected claims that the accused was drunk at the time.

“Suppose the dog was indeed rabid and biting people, it would have been impossible to catch it, let alone stand on it. This is an utter lie. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act specifies procedures to handle such a case. Can anyone take the law into their own hands like this? What effect will it have on others?” asked Anjali Sharma, advocate, Delhi High Court and Supreme Court, and former member of the Animal Welfare Board of India and management committee of SPCA NOIDA. On police releasing the videos, Sharma said, “This is gross misconduct. They are supposed to conduct an investigation, and then submit a challan in court. Why are they speaking for the man? Have they concluded their investigation?”

In January this year, while hearing a batch of petitions on issues relating to orders passed by various civic bodies on culling of stray dogs, the Supreme Court had said, “Stray dogs have a right to live,” when a submission was made that all such canines should be “destroyed” across the country, according to a PTI report. “A person can die due to dog bite. It is an accident… we cannot say kill all stray dogs,” the SC had said.

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    Bharath
    Jul 22, 2017 at 6:05 pm
    Why not kill criminals the same way?? I believe there are a lot of people who does crimes everyday, harming innocent people. All those who support killing an animal should support killing criminals as well.
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      Rupesh
      Jul 22, 2017 at 1:06 am
      Some of the dog lovers are hypocrites. They feed them and leave them on street to create nuisance on the streets especially in night. They chase people, particularly those going alone on bikes or on foot. They are dangerous for human life especially in interior localities. One of my friend was recently attacked almost fatally when he was going on bike which lost his balance after the attack. I know that most of the dogs are very good especially to the known person. But they start behaving dangerously with unknown people. Stray dogs should be eliminated completely. Dog 'lovers' should keep them inside their premises and their responsibility should be fixed in case of dog bites and stringent punishment with charge equal to murder should be awarded in case of death of persons attacked by the dogs to the owner. P. S I myself have adopted 3 of them but don't leave them on streets.
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      1. Shellily S
        Jul 25, 2017 at 3:04 pm
        The moment someone gives this usual most ic statement "Dog 'lovers' should keep them inside their premises " thinking they are saying something very clever and very intellectual I stop reading about their proposed solutions.
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        1. Shellily S
          Jul 25, 2017 at 3:05 pm
          the word " ic" which is very important was cut out of my original comment on top, so repeating. The moment someone gives this usual most ic statement "Dog 'lovers' should keep them inside their premises " thinking they are saying something very clever and very intellectual I stop reading about their proposed solutions.
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          1. Shellily S
            Jul 25, 2017 at 3:06 pm
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          M Shukla
          Jul 21, 2017 at 3:11 pm
          If the dog has been biting people then it should have been put down (in a more humane manner perhaps). Many of these dog lovers are hypocrites, they profess their love for stray dogs by feeding them but will not adopt these strays and give them a home because they dont want the responsibility that comes with the dog. When strays are fed by these so called dog-lovers, it is a given that in a few months these dogs become aggressive and take to attacking people mostly kids.
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            Abhi
            Jul 22, 2017 at 12:51 am
            Spot on. Absolutely right.
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              KUMAR
              Jul 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm
              ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE SO-CALLED DOG LOVERS NEVER LISTENS TO THE VICTIMS' PLIGHT. THESE DESIGNERS DOG LOVERS MAKE FUNNY COMMENTS FROM THEIR IVORY TOWERS. THEY SAY THAT THE KILLER CONSTABLE SHOULD BE PUNISHED, SHOT, BURNED ETC. ETC, SHOULD BE CHARGED UNDER MURDER CHARGES. WHEN A RABID DOG BITES THE PROPLE, THESE LOVERS NEVER UTTER ANY WORD. I SAY, SHAME ON THESE DOG LOVERS. ALMOST WE ALL HAVE PETS IN OUR HOUSES BUT WE TAKE CARE OF THEM AND AS FAR AS THE DOGS ON STREETS I ALWAYS REQUEST THE MUNI LITY TO EITHER PUT THEM IN SOME SHELTER OR OTHERWISE. MY SON, DAUGHTER AND WIFE, ALL HAVE BEEN BITTEN BY STREET DOGS. MY WIFE HAD TO BE HOSPITALISED FOR THREE DAYS WHEN SHE WAS BITTEN SERIOUSLY BY A RABID DOG. EITHER AWAY OR
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              vijaya shelar
              Jul 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm
              Its not easy to catch a rabid dog. Its a lie that the dog had bittten 5-6 ppl if its a market it is crowded and more numer of ppl cud have been bitten. And a rabid dig has bitten these ppl have they then visited the dr. for the necessary injections? The vendor should anser this. Are they still a alive? Then they too have become rabid. The police man too must have been bitten by the dog and got rabib plz kill him the same way
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                KUMAR
                Jul 26, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                Though, it seems cruel on the part of that cop. but we cannot say anything sitting far away places. The factual position can be explained only by the witnesses. The cop is an ex army official and he took decision within minutes to pin down this aggresive dog. In our country, we make many tall claims but nobody come forward to take risks. This is typical Indian at ude to make adverse comments on anyone's dare-devil approach. But even now there is an option open for all dog lovers of approaching the court seeking orders for exhumed the dead-dog and getting post-motem done. But it requires time and patience. Dear friend, go ahead and approach the court. The face book is full of comments on the killing of this rabid dog. Shame on such people who are condemning that brave soldier who killed the rabid dog.
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              2. Deepak Vohra
                Jul 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm
                the police murdered the dog and broke the law They should be arrested jailed. Human killer overpopulation in India needs to be controlled reduced. Dogs have right to life. Their population can be reduced by trap, nueter, release.
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