An FIR has been lodged by the People For Animals (PFA) in Indirapuram police station against the president of the Resident Welfare Association (RWA), Deepak Kumar and a resident of Amrapali Village, Swaroop Bhattacharya under Section 429 (Mischief by killing or maiming a cattle or any animal) following a huge quarrel occurred on Sunday over the relocation of few dogs from the society.
People For Animals (PFA) is the nodal agency for sterilization, vaccination, and rescue of stray animals in Ghaziabad.
"We received information on Sunday that the residents have called a private vehicle to weed out few dogs from the society, which is illegal as per Supreme Court's ruling," told Sumedha Iyer, president of the PFA
"When we reached there, a van carrying dogs was trying to flee but we got hold of it. What we found was three dogs were captured and one of the dogs was bleeding profusely. He had suffered a serious head injury. We rescued the other two and took the injured one to Sanjay Gandhi hospital. Unfortunately, the dog succumbed to the injury and did not survive," she claimed.
"The person who informed us told that the dogs were brutally beaten up while capturing them by the men who came with a private vehicle," added Iyer.
Meanwhile, RWA admitted that the incident occurred and residents tried to relocate the dogs. However, they denied the death of a dog in the process. Instead, they blamed PFA for misusing its position. "This is completely false. No dog was even hurt during the relocation, forget the death. PFA is trying to entangle us in a legal soup to gain some personal advances," said Deepak Kumar, president of the RWA.
City Spidey spoke to several eyewitnesses including a dog lover who for the whole time, attempted to stop the men from the private vehicle to catch the dogs. Interestingly, nobody saw any dog being hurt or being beaten up by those men.
"I was the one who confronted the mob hell-bent on relocating the dogs. I fought and argued with everybody. I even tried to physically stop the men who were catching dogs. They did mishandle the dogs in the process but I did not see any dog being beaten up by anyone," told the dog lover on the condition of anonymity.
Sonu Malhotra, a resident of the society, who witnessed and telecasted the whole clash live on Facebook also said that he did not see any dog being beaten up during their catch.
Meanwhile, Iyer claimed that she has footage of the dogs being beaten up and has submitted it to the police. The police told City Spidey that they have gathered the evidence and investigation is underway.