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Tamil Nadu men who threw dog off roof surrender, get bail

A medical student who threw a dog from a five-storey building and his classmate Ashish Paul who recorded the event on video, were handed over to police by their parents on Wednesday.

india Updated: Jul 06, 2016 15:18 IST
KV Lakshmana
KV Lakshmana
KV Lakshmana, Chennai, Hindustan Times
Gautman Sudarshan threw the dog off the roof of a five-storey building while his friend filmed the act. (Video grab)

A medical student who threw a dog from a five-storey building and his classmate who recorded the act on video were granted bail on Wednesday, hours after they were handed over to police by their parents.

They were produced in a court in Sriperumbudur, police said. A case under a law dealing with cruelty against animals has been registered against the two final-year medical students.

The man in the clip, identified as Gautman Sudarshan, nonchalantly looks into the camera before the video switches to a slow-motion shot of the helpless animal being flung off the roof and falling to the ground with a thud. His friend, Ashish Paul, filmed the act.

“It is a black day for animal rights in the country,” said animal rights activist Shravan Krishnan after the two got bail.

“We will appeal against the order. But, it appears that may not we would like to request the police to speed up investigations and file the chargesheet at the earliest...,” Krishnan said.

Many had offered cash rewards to find the students after the video went viral on social media. They went missing from the college in Kundrathur in Kancheepuram district after the video drew sharp criticism.

Two police teams were on Tuesday sent to Tirunelveli and Nagercoil, the native places of the two students. Police spoke to the parents and asked the students to surrender.

Even the college authorities issued an ultimatum to Sudarshan and Paul to either surrender or get debarred from examinations.

The dog has a fracture and is being treated, police said. The incident is believed to have taken place about two weeks ago.

First Published: Jul 06, 2016 13:59 IST