The recent horrifying incident in Chennai where a medical student threw a stray dog from a multi-storey building has brought back memories of a similar outrageous case in city 18 months back.
Vipan Bhatia, an animal lover, raised the issue of acid attack on stray dogs in January 2015 at Sham Nagar that claimed life of one and left seven with burn injuries. Bhatia had lodged an FIR against unidentified accused. He said, “The police have registered a case against unidentified accused, but failed to make any arrest.”He added the police should take it up as priority, as stray dogs act as a security system for a locality and bark at intruders, especially late at night. Bhatia added that as the crime happened in one area only; the police could have solved it easily by scanning CCTVs installed in the area or by keeping a tab. However, sub-inspector Pawan Kumar, Additional SHO at police station Division number 5, said they have tried hard to trace the offenders, but did not get any clue about them. He added that taking cognisance of the incident of acid attacks on 8 stray dogs in one area, the PETA has announced Rs 50,000 reward for providing information about the accused. “The police reached out to residents asking for witnesses, but no one gave any clue,”said Kumar. “The case is not closed and the police will try to trace the offenders,”he added. Vipan Bhatia, who is founder member of an NGO Pakshi Sewa Samiti, had administrated treatment to the injured dogs.
ARREST THE CULPRITS WHO THREW ACID
Naresh Kumar was bitten by a stray dog last December when he was going to his home late at night. “The dogs chased my motorcycle and I lost balance and fell on the road,”said Naresh. “The dog bit me on my leg and hand. Stray dogs are a menace and the authorities should take some action to deter the problem. I am against cruelty and the culprits should be arrested”, he added.