Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala said the state police would not initiate action against those culling rabid and dangerous stray dogs.
The Home Minister said the stray dog menace has emerged as a law and order issue and the government cannot remain a mute spectator. Hence, nothing illegal in killing dangerous stray dogs which attack people. Police would not register case against those who kill such dogs, said the minister in his facebook page.
The minister’s clarification came in the wake of widespread protest from public against the police decision to register case against those who culled stray dogs.
Earlier this month, acting upon a letter from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) against illegal killing of stray dogs, Kerala DGP had directed the police to take necessary action against those who are engaged in illegal culling of stray dogs. Subsequently, several persons have been booked under sections 428 and 429 of IPC. The police action had invited widespread protest from public.
A few days ago, prominent industrialist Kochouseph Chittilappally, who leads Stray Dog Free Movement, was booked for marching to a police station in Kochi with four stray dogs. He had threatened to stage a 24-hour fast on Sunday in protest against the police move.