The prime suspect in the case of kidnapping, killing and eating of a dog — Brownie — has reportedly confessed to having consumed dog meat. But he claimed he did not eat Brownie’s meat, said sources.
The police detained the suspect, Philip, from his residence in DLF Phase-1’s Sikanderpur area on Wednesday.
The police is questioning Philip, who is named in the FIR filed at DLF Phase-2 police station, about his involvement in the incident. Police said the suspect has not been arrested as the case is still being probed.
A day after the police filed a case of kidnapping, killing and eating Brownie by a group of men, a video circulated in the media shows some locals confronting the suspects in a room.
In one of the videos — which is with the HT — at least 12 people are seen inside a room, eating meat and consuming liquor. One of the suspects is heard saying they “ate doggy”. The videos were shot by anonymous people at an accommodation on Swarna Jayanti Marg in DLF Phase-1’s Sikanderpur area.
The police also questioned the person who shot the video but his identity has not been revealed.
President of People for Animals’ Gurgaon chapter, Amit Chaudhery, who lodged a police complaint, said the videos were shot by people living in the vicinity who suspected cooking of dog meat. They entered the suspects’ residence and videotaped them cooking and eating meat, Chaudhery claimed.
“Doggy khayenge to kya hoga? (What will happen if (we) eat dog?)” one of the suspects, who seems inebriated, questions the person shooting the video.
- Anupama Srivastava, owner of Brownie, noticed on April 1 that her dog is missing
- She filed a missing complaint on April 17
- Printed 2,000 posters of Brownie and announced a reward of Rs5,000 to anyone who could provide information regarding her pet’s whereabouts
- Two persons inform her that her dog was taken to a house near Sikanderpur village community centre
- They told her that the canine’s mouth and legs were tied and it was beaten to death by a gang of men
- Srivastava then immediately complained to People for Animals regarding the incident and asked them to intervene
- People for Animals, India’s largest animals rights organisation, on Tuesday filed a police complaint alleging that a missing pet dog had been first brutally beaten to death and then its meat consumed by some men
- The complaint alleged that the dog had been kidnapped by a group of people from DLF Phase-II area around a month ago
- Amit Chaudhery, president, People for Animals, Gurgaon, submits videos of the dog being being beaten and killed for its meat
- Chaudhery said that one of the videos also shows the men consuming cooked meat, suspected to be of Brownie
“Doggy khayega? Abhi main bataunga ki kya hoga. Dobara bol kya hoga (I’ll tell you what will happen. Repeat again what will happen)?” the person shooting the video asks.
“Kya hoga? Khaa gaya (What will happen? I ate it),” the man replies.
Police are investigating five videos that show suspects confronting the person recording the video.
The complaint said Brownie was kidnapped by a group of people from DLF Phase-II area around a month ago. The videos were shared with Brownie’s owner Anupama Srivastava, a resident of DLF Phase-2, and later with PFA activists after Srivastava released posters of her missing dog with a reward of ₹5,000. A missing complaint was filed with the police on April 17.
Sudeep Kumar, the station house officer of DLF Phase-II police station, said he has seen the videos but their authenticity is yet to be checked. In the videos, there is a talk of eating some meat but we have to check whether it is dog (meat),” he said.
An FIR under section 379 (theft) and 429 (mischief by killing or maiming an animal), of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under section 11(1) (a) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was filed on Tuesday after Chaudhery lodged a complaint.
“We have submitted the videos to the police and they are investigating the matter,” he said.