The Punjab Police has booked an Ayurvedic physician after his pet dog allegedly bit a head constable,on April 19. While Sarabjit Singh alleged that physician Pardeep Mahajan had set his dog after him,the doctor claimed that the head constable had hit the dog once and when he tried to do so again,the dog retaliated.
On Wednesday,acting on Singhs complaint,Mahajan had been booked under sections 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animal),323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC. The investigating officer in the case,ASI Hans Raj,said the said sections were good enough to put the physician behind bars.
When contacted,Sarabjit said: The same dog had bit my 85-year-old mother in January,my son in February,our milkman in March and now me. We all had to take vaccination for rabies.
He (Mahajan) deliberately loosened the string around his dogs neck and set it after me. Despite our repeated requests to send dog to some animal facility,Mahajan had been adamant in keeping the dog and had also flaunted his connections. I finally had to lodge a police complaint, Sarabjit said,adding that dog was a stray and was domesticated by Mahajan.
Claiming that Mahajan remained mostly at home,Sarabjit said: Under such conditions,the dog developed violent tendencies and would often bite people when he was out. The day it bit me,it also bit a little girl who was playing with other kids at Labh Nagar on Ram Tirath road.
When contacted,Mahajan,who works at a charitable hospital,refuted the allegations. The dog is hound in breed and not a stray. The medico legal report shows that Sarabjits injury is blunt. Had I set dog after him,the dog would have bitten him like anything. Sarabjit hit the dog once and when tried to do so again,the dog retaliated.
Amritsar DCP Kaustubh Sharma said he had asked ADCP-II to probe the case.