Suspect in Gurgaon police net, but hunt for dog ‘killed and eaten’ still on
The Gurgaon police continues to search for the missing dog Brownie, which is suspected to have been killed and eaten by a group of people in Sikanderpur village. One of the suspects has been detained for questioning. The house at which the alleged act took place is in the heart of Sikanderpur village, where a large number of migrants from various states stay on rent.
The police has sought the help of locals, including security guards and RWA members, to find the missing dog.
The prime suspect in the case, Phillip, was also detained by the DLF Phase 2 police for questioning on Wednesday.
Phillip lives with his wife in Sikanderpur village near the community centre. HT found his room locked in the afternoon and neighbours said his wife had gone to a relative’s place in the same village.
One of the locals from Sikanderpur, who had caught the group of people allegedly cooking the dog meat and reported the matter to the dog’s owner, was also called by the police for questioning.
“We had seen the posters pasted in the village. After we came to know that the dog had been stolen and cooked, we informed the owner, but it seems we are ourselves caught in this issue now,” he said.
Sikanderpur residents, meanwhile, accused the migrants living there of carrying out illegal activities in the village. “The dogs, particularly the stray ones, are routinely stolen and eaten and there has been a considerable decline in their population in the last four to five years,” said Khemchand, a resident.
Police officials, meanwhile, said that they are questioning the suspect, apart from verifying the facts with the dog owner, the NGO People for Animals (PFA) that had lodged the complaint, and the man who shot the videos.
“The prime suspect in the case, Phillip, has been detained, but he has not been arrested as further investigation is required before taking any action,” said Sudeep Singh, station house officer (SHO), DLF Phase 2.
On Monday, the police had registered a case under IPC’s Sections 379 (punishment for theft) and Section 11 of the Animal Cruelty Act, apart from sections of Food Safety Act.
Amit Chaudhary, the president of the Gurgaon chapter of PFA, said that they had submitted all the evidence to the police proving that the dog that was eaten in the video was Brownie.