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One murdered dog, two opposing factions of animal lovers

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Posted: May 23, 2017

*Updated copy: An ugly battle between animal lovers and the society management has erupted around the death of a stray dog inside United India Apartments, a co-operative group housing society in Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension.

According to a resident who had witnessed the incident, an injured stray dog had entered the society on the evening of May 19. “The dog took shelter under a parked car. It was clearly scared and trying to find a safe spot. But a security guard chased the dog out and beat it up badly with a stick. Maybe he was scared it would attack someone,” the resident said, on condition of anonymity.

According to Sneha Dogra, an animal lover from Vasundhara Enclave who was informed about the incident by a resident Rahul Mohay, said, “The dog was so badly beaten up — not by one but ten people — that its internal organs had exploded. When a resident called an ambulance to take the dog to Friendicoes, the animal shelter straightaway told us that its chances of survival were almost zero. The dog died in the early hours of May 20.”

However, Mohay, who also claims to be an animal lover, said, “An office member informed me of what was happening. I came down from my flat and had an argument with the security guards. Then I called Friendicoes to send in an ambulance, but the dog had already died by then.”

Dogra claims Mohay is lying about the incident and that the dog was still alive when it reached Friendicoes. “Rahul, along with another activist involved in the matter, Nimisha, have switched sides to the society management and are now helping it wriggle out of the issue.”

Interestingly, the conflict has now grown from being just between the society and animal lovers, to these two opposing parties.

Dogra, along with a friend Pragati Khanna, have handed over a written complaint to the Mayur Vihar police station, asking for justice for the murdered animal. They are currently waiting for a post mortem report from Sanjay Gandhi Animal Hospital.

When City Spidey spoke to Dogra, she said, “Initially, Nimisha had asked the society to pay for the post-sterilisation care of 50 dogs as compensation, which amounted to Rs 90,000. However, since the society didn't want to pay the hefty amount, Nimisha drastically brought down the compensation to just 20 kg of dog food every month for three months and Rs 500 deduction from the salaries of the guards responsible for the murder. I am not OK with this. I will take the matter to court. This can't be compensation for the torture and murder of an animal. The society has to understand it can’t get away that easily.”

“Rahul and Nimisha are trying to sell me the idea by saying they are protecting the other dogs near the society by keeping the matter low-profile," she added. "They have even said that if any other dog they care for near the society is injured or poisoned, they will hold us responsible, since we are taking legal action against the society.”

When City Spidey tried to speak to Rahul Mohay and Nimisha, they refused to comment on the matter.

However, here is a recording of a conversation between Nimisha and an individual called Harsh, possibly taken on Dogra's phone while they had gone to file a police complaint. Nimisha is heard almost breaking down after 2.55 seconds of the audio, while worrying about the rest of the dogs she feeds in the neighbourhood. 

When asked for his version of things, Purusottam Das Bhatt, president of the United India Apartments managing committee, said, “We held a meeting with the animal lovers and condemned the cruel act. We have apologised to them, but Rs 90,000 is too much. When I asked these animal activists which NGO they worked for, they had no answer. We have cooperated so far but we will now lodge a complaint against them for extortion.”

However, Dogra does not seem one to back off and remains firm on her decision to take the matter to court.

TAGS: United India Apartments / Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension / Stray dog / Brutal / Attack / Security guard / Managing committee / Court / Friendicoes

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Anonymous

Posted 2 years ago

I hope these animal abusers learn a lesson real soon.

 
 
 
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Anonymous

Posted 2 years ago

ALL THE ANIMAL LOVERS SHOULD RAISE THEIR VOICES AGAINST CRUELTY TO ALL ANIMALS & LODGE COMPLAINT TO LOCAL POLICE STATION FOR THEIR PROSECUTION.

 
 
 
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Anonymous

Posted 2 years ago

I hve only 1 request 2 make pls do smthg in oder 2 curb dog birth kiling nd beatbg is nt d solution pls if govt tkes d responsibity 2 do abc animal birth control act i thnk prbm cn b lot in control.....animals are voiceles but v do hve voice v cnt behve in inhuman maner ......pls remember soul is sme but only d covering is differnt......so if v r rasing voice raise voice 2 save ol d jeevs wich r dependend on us......

 
 
 
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Anonymous

Posted 2 years ago

This article is ridiculous on so many levels. It only presents one side of the story. As an ardent animal lover and resident of Mayur Vihar, I find it ridiculous that two women who have done no work for this neighborhood are suddenly coming into the picture just for the sake of a cheap publicity stunt. The person named in this article, Nimisha, has been seen as feeding about ten dogs every single day for over the last eight years. She is known by the entire neighborhood as a respected and hard working dog activist, who has saved the lives of countless dogs by organising rescues. This article panders to the voices of two women who just want to make trouble by involving the authorities, making a travesty of justice. The worst part is that because of their threat of legal action, they are giving a bad name to the animal community, and demonizing the poor animals who have no voice to fight for themselves. Shame on them for going on a witch-hunt of one of the most long-standing and impactful animal activists of Delhi.

 
 
 
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Anonymous

Posted 2 years ago

I am a resident of Mayur Vihar and a member of the dog lovers' community. I was present at the site of this dispute, and can assure readers that this malicious account is entirely false. Nimisha and Rahul are the first people anyone contacts in case of any emergency related to strays, and these girls have made an appearance for the first time, without any history of animal welfare activity, to gain publicity and a few bucks. Nimisha and Rahul thought it would be extortionary to demand Rs. 90000 from the society to be handed over to these girls' personal bank account (as suggested by these girls on the pretext of getting sterilization activities done), and suggested that the society buy and provide bags of food for strays and conduct animal welfare awareness drives. This way, it could be an inclusive effort, since animal welfare cannot happen at the cost of the human community, and vice versa. All the members of the meeting were in agreement with this line of action, except the two girls, who quietly made recordings and walked away from the meeting, only to upload selective recordings to defame Nimisha and Rahul. I hope these perpetrators are punished. They do not consider that their actions have actually moved the case further away from justice for the butchered dog.

 
 
 
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Anonymous

Posted 2 years ago

I don't know. Iss article ko padh ke dal mein kuch kala lag raha hain. Jisne bhi likha hain usko animal welfare ke baare mein kuch nahi pata. My heart pains at the thought of the helpless butchered animal but India mein iss ghatiya crime ke liye zyada se zyada 50 rupay ka fine hota. Yeh Pragya aur Sneha agar 90,000 ka demand kar rahe hain toh isko extortion hi bola ja sakta hain. Mujhe toh lagta hain ke Nimisha aur Rahul ka idea kaafi nek tha. It is much better to feed the dogs using the compensation money, rather than donate to an NGO jiska naam kisi ne suna na ho. Aur yeh bhi baat hain ke RWA se paise nikalte waqt, jo log iss ilake ke nahi hain, voh kyun aaye hain? Yeh toh galat lag raha hain.

 
 
 
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