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3 assault Peddar Road resident, his aunt for feeding stray cats

The Peddar Road resident, Geeten Dunani, has sustained a fracture in his left wrist and was admitted to a hospital.

mumbai Updated: Apr 27, 2019 05:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
The picture of one of the accused clicked by animal rights activist, Vijay Mohanani.

A group of animal activists from south Mumbai approached the Gamdevi police on Friday, after a 42-year-old Peddar Road resident was allegedly assaulted by three unidentified men for feeding stray animals on Thursday. The accused had also pushed his 65-year-old aunt and hurled abuses at her.

The Peddar Road resident, Geeten Dunani, has sustained a fracture in his left wrist and was admitted to a hospital.

Dunani in his complaint to the police, said that he feeds stray animals every day. On Thursday evening at 8.45pm, when he stepped out of his home at Deepak Building, he witnessed his aunt, Maya Mohanani, 65, also feeding stray cats on the road. As Dunani walked towards her, he saw one of the accused kicking a cat.

When Mohanani objected, the man pushed her. The attacker and his two accomplices hurled abuses at her. They also told her that she cannot feed stray animals in the area.

Seeing the men assault his aunt, Dunani rushed to her aid. The three then began to assault him. Mohanani called her son Vijay, an animal activist who runs the organisation Bombay Animal Rights.

“My mother called me from her phone, after which I rushed to the spot with my security guard.”

When Vijay and the security guard reached the spot, the men tried to flee from there.

“I managed to get hold of one of them and clicked his photo. However, by the time we called the police, he had fled from the spot,” said Vijay.

Dunani was then rushed to a hospital, where he is undergoing treatment. “I informed some other animal rights activists and we together approached the Gamdevi police to lodge a complaint,” said Vijay.

He alleged that in the police station, the officers were unsure about how they must go ahead with the complaint.

“The police officers had no knowledge of the laws pertaining to animals. We had to persuade them to lodge a complaint, as they were hesitant and kept saying that the issue was related to stray animals,” Vijay said.

However, senior police inspector of Gamdevi police station, Gokulsingh Patil, refuted the allegations and said the officers had booked the accused under sections 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the three accused for causing grievous hurt.

“We have found the mobile phone of one of the accused from the spot, and are trying to trace the three men,” said Patil.

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 05:17 IST