Man’s best friend seems to be in the line of fire of Uttar Pradesh cops. For the second time this month, a UP policeman has opened fire on a dog. The latest incident happened in Agra on Saturday night while the first incident was reported from Lucknow earlier this month. In the latest case, the animal was not hurt.
A video of the Agra incident has now gone viral. It shows the sub-inspector whipping out his pistol and firing at the dog at Ramaji Dham in the city’s Shastri Puram locality during a raid on a house. The Sikandra police, however, claimed the shot was fired merely to scare the animal away.
Senior superintendent of police (Agra) Preetinder Singh has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Additional SP Anurag Vats has been asked to conduct the enquiry and submit his report.
The incident allegedly took place when Sikandra police raided the house of one Bhupendra Singh who has been named as an accused in a Rs 50-lakh fraud case by Prashant Yadav, resident of Etah. Bhupendra’s brother Chetan Jadaun and others were also named in the case.
Bhupendra Singh had been granted bail while the other accused were granted a stay on their arrest by the Allahabad high court.
During the raid, sub-inspector Rajesh Pal Singh of the Sikandra police station allegedly jumped over the wall of Bhupendra’s house and broke the locks to gain entry.
The sub-inspector allegedly beat up a pregnant woman and misbehaved with an elderly woman.
Footage from a CCTV camera on the premises showed Rajesh Pal Singh taking out the pistol from his holster and firing at the dog which luckily escaped any injury.
“A probe has been ordered and the related aspects would be looked into about the police sub-inspector’s behaviour during the raid and firing at the dog,” ASP Anurag Vats said.
Police said half-a-dozen cases were pending against Bhupendra and his brother Chetan at Sikandra and Jagdishpura police stations.
Earlier this month in Lucknow, a sub-inspector shot at a dog which had bitten him. The animal was not seen after the shot was fired.
Union minister of women and child development Maneka Gandhi had sought a detailed report from the station officer at the Chinhat police station in Lucknow in connection with the incident.