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Dogfight in Guwahati raises hackles of Bengal human rights chief

He writes a letter to Director General, CISF, Arvind Rajan, complaining about violation of dogs rights.

Illustration by C R Sasikumar Illustration by C R Sasikumar

Airports are no strangers to dogfights, but two dogs fighting is another matter altogether. Following one such incident at the Guwahati airport on January 6 that saw two large labradors of the CISF lunge at each other, West Bengal Human Rights Commission chairperson Naparajit Mukherjee, who was among the scared passengers, has sent a letter to Director General, CISF, Arvind Rajan, complaining about violation of their rights.

The former West Bengal DGP says he has narrated the whole sequence of events to Rajan in his letter, including the fact that at the height of the scare triggered by the dogs, some thought there had been a terror attack.

According to Mukherjee, he was waiting for his flight when two dogs of the CISF, which had managed to free themselves from their leashes, started fighting.

So ferocious was the fight apparently that not just the passengers but the airport staff too started running for cover. Some people, seeing others running, thought it was a terrorist attack. Some started calling the police while others rang home.

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It was a while before the dogs were eventually caught by the CISF and put back on leash.

“I have been in the police for such a long time and from my experience I can say that no trained dog behaves like this. Imagine the condition of the passengers. It was not just two stray dogs fighting with each other, but huge labradors. I wrote to Arvind Rajan that the dogs should be trained enough so that they do not become a menace like this,” Mukherjee said.

“I have written the letter to the CISF not as a former DGP but as a passenger who is concerned about the safety and security of passengers,” he added.

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The CISF has not got back to him yet, he said.

First published on: 16-01-2015 at 04:21:43 am
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