Two days after a man ran over a three-month-old female puppy in Thane, the police are yet to trace him. “We have got CCTV camera footage of the spot and will soon send a notice to the accused,” said Sunil Lokhande, deputy commissioner of police, zone 5.
The man, identified as Atul Gangurde, 57, ran over the puppy with his four-wheeler on Thursday around 7.15 am at Unnathi Garden in Devdaya Nagar. The pup died of internal injuries.
The police said Gangurde is a resident of the same society. A case was lodged against him.
“We will trace the accused’s mobile phone and will arrest him once the allegations are proved,” he added.
Praveen Yabaji, 29, the marketing engineer who lodged a complaint against the accused, claims the housing society penalises him for feeding stray dogs in the area. “The housing society adds Rs500 to my bill each month. The amount has reached Rs50,000 now,” he said. The society however, refuted this allegation.
Yabaji took to social media to complain about the incident. His post was viewed by more than 43,000 people and he said he received more than 250 calls.
“People from all over the world are verbally abusing the culprit. Someone who is aware that his car has rammed into a human being or an animal cannot just shrug his shoulders and walk away,” he said.
Yabaji said he has received several messages on Facebook demanding that strict punishment be meted out to the driver.