A man was booked for assaulting a stray dog in West Delhi based on a complaint filed following a video which caught the accused in the act, the police said on Monday.
Following the complaint received at the Rajouri Garden police station, an FIR was registered on Thursday under Section 377 (unnatural offense) of the IPC and Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
The complaint was filed by a volunteer of the animal rights organization People for Animals (PFA). It stated that the incident happened on the morning of September 6 in Subhash Nagar.
“A neighbor of the accused recorded a video while he was committing the offense.
The video was then forwarded to our founder, who instructed us to file the complaint,” the volunteer informed.
The video also went viral on X (formerly Twitter).
As per the Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vichitra Veer, the video was produced as evidence to file a case. They will check its authenticity and verify the facts in the investigation. Further action will be taken based on the investigation.
Another senior officer mentioned, “There is a possibility that it is an old video. The face of the accused is also not visible. There is also an ongoing dispute between the accused and his neighbours. So, we will verify all the facts before making any arrest.”
As per the DCP, a few residents of the locality in the past made complaints about the accused abusing the stray dogs.
He also added that the residents complained for a while, but there was no evidence or witness.
The neighbor who shared the video with PFA said the accused has been abusing stray animals in the area since 2019.
He mentioned, “He lures dogs with biscuits and takes them to his factory. Most of the residents are aware of his acts, but his family fights with anybody who raises objections. I had filed a police complaint against him in 2019 after some of us caught him red-handed, but no action was taken,” said the man, requesting anonymity.
He also alleged that the accused and his family assaulted him in July during an argument.
As per the PFA volunteer, “So far, we know about the abuse of only one dog. He used to lure it by using chicken as bait. The police have not helped conduct a medical examination of the dog or attempted to rescue it.”
“We believe that the dog has been subjected and conditioned to the abuse for the past few years by the accused,” she added.