Updated: May 5, 2021 12:13:33 am
Police on Thursday arrested a 31-year-old man after he was seen in a viral video beating a dog to death with a bamboo stick.
The video was posted on Twitter, and users tagged Mumbai Police and Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil demanding justice. It showed the man justifying the act by saying that the dog damaged his bike’s seat cover. The incident took place in Bhagat Singh Nagar-2, a slum in Goregaon (west).
The accused, Imran Shah, a local resident, will be produced before a magistrate on Wednesday.
While animal lovers expressed outrage over the incident on social media, Sudhir Kudalkar, a police officer posted in the state Anti-Corruption Bureau, spotted the video and alerted the Bangur Nagar police station. Bangur Nagar police detained the man on Tuesday.
Kudalkar told The Indian Express, “I have made several WhatsApp groups to receive information on animal cruelty and for animal adoption. If there is any cruelty towards animals in Mumbai, animal lovers inform me.”
“We have registered an FIR for killing the dog and have arrested the accused,” said Shobha Pise, senior police inspector of Bangur Nagar police station.
The dog’s body has been sent to the animal hospital in Parel for a post-mortem.
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