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Mumbai: Man smashes kitten against wall, caught on camera

After PETA filed a complaint with the Mumbai police commissioner, accused Manoj Angne was arrested and released on bail.

mumbai Updated: Jun 03, 2017 08:02 IST
Badri Chatterjee
Badri Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
Animal cruelty,Mumbai city news,Caught on camera
The peon hit the kitten with a bamboo stick.(HT)

A peon with a private company was caught on CCTV killing a two-month-old male kitten by banging it against a wall and hitting it with a bamboo stick at an office complex in Santacruz (West).

After members of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a complaint with the Mumbai police commissioner, accused Manoj Angne was arrested and released on bail last Monday, police officials said.

The incident took place on May 6 at the ground-floor of an office complex at MR Society, which has two private companies functioning there. Yuvraj Bhavsar, owner of the other company at the complex, has seven pet cats. Two months ago, one of the cats had three kittens and Bhavsar took them to work too.

“I had left for lunch when the incident took place and came back to find the kitten dead outside my office and seemed like someone had brutally killed it,” said Bhavsar. “I was lucky that the other two kittens had fled from the spot but I fail to understand how people can be so inhuman.”

The cat with her three kitten before the incident. ( HT )

Mumbai police officials confirmed the incident. “We booked and arrested the man under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. However, the Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Bandra granted him bail,” said Shantanu Pawar, senior inspector, Santacruz police station.

He added that this was not the first time that such an incident had occurred. “Earlier last year, another cat was found dead just outside my office and another kitten was found with its leg broken. After the kitten’s death, the incidents seem like they were all purposely done,” said Bhavsar adding, “When I asked Angne why he did it, all he said was his employer wanted the place to be clean.”

In the letter to the commissioner, PETA said the crime is a punishable offence. “This kitten died a horribly painful death and cruelty cases like this one are becoming common now,” says Meet Ashar, PETA emergency response coordinator. “PETA is calling for the perpetrator to be punished and urges the government to strengthen penalties for abusing animals – for the entire community’s safety.”

The Union environment ministry recently issued new guidelines for dogs, aquarium animals and livestock breeding but did not issue any such notifications for other pets such as cats and birds.

Animal cruelty cases, especially with pets, are on the rise in Mumbai. Between 2011 and 2016, the city saw 19,028 animal cruelty cases with not a single arrest or booking.

First Published: Jun 03, 2017 07:36 IST