A DAY after the Chandigarh Police arrested three people for allegedly inflicting cruelty on a stray dog at Kendriya Vihar Society, Sector 48, over 100 animal rights activists and concerned citizens from across the city gathered together to protest outside the society on Sunday. Members of NGOs like People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), People For Animals (PFA), Aawaz and Apang Sewa Sanstha joined the protest march.
Asking about the whereabouts of the dog, the protesters demanded suspension of the police officials who handled the case and were involved in the incident. According to the videos of the incident that have surfaced on social media, reportedly some cops have also been involved in inflicting cruelty on the dog. However, the police have not identified any of them so far.
“The accused have been let out on bail, and are not telling us where they dumped the dog. On Sunday, even the society members threatened us of political action, though all we wanted was to get some answers,” said Vidhi Kaur, a city-based animal rights activist participating in the protest.
The protesters also accused the police of not taking the case seriously, and abusing them. “We first went inside the society in an attempt to talk to the three accused. They refused to give answers and instead started abusing us. The police also immediately gathered with a quick reaction team, instead of supporting our cause. When cows are killed in this country, there is so much hype created. Why not the same hype when other animals are inflicted with cruelty?” asked Yashvir Singh Sandhu.
The team of protesters has now decided to meet the Chandigarh SSP on Monday to pressure the police to help them in finding the dog. A team of 200 people will also be going around the Aerocity area and the Zirakpur-Patiala road on Monday to look for the dog. “From what we know, the dog was taken in an Alto car, and was dumped somewhere near the Zirakpur-Patiala road. We are determined to find the dog, and if the dog is alive, we need to provide him with immediate medical help,” another protestor added.
The incident came to light after videos of cruelty to the dog, fondly called ‘Tibby’ by the residents of Kendriya Vihar Society, went viral on social media. On Saturday, three days after the video surfaced, the police booked four residents of the society under relevant sections of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The accused, who were later released on bail have been identified as V K Bansal, president of Kendriya Vihar Society, Brajesh Kaushal, VP Saini and Omesh.