UP cop shoots dog after it bites him, Maneka Gandhi seeks report

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Union minister of women and child development Maneka Gandhi has sought a detailed report from the station officer at the Chinhat police station in Lucknow after a sub-inspector on Sunday shot at a stray dog which had bitten him.

According to reports, sub-inspector Mahendra Pratap, a resident of Adarsh Nagar in Chinhat was heading for Barabanki for his duty when the dog bit him. The enraged cop returned home, picked up his licensed rifle and shot at the dog.

As news of the shooting and the local police’s refusal to file a case against the cop spread, animal right activists demanded action.

Kamna Pandey, co-opt member of Animal Welfare Board of India complained to Maneka Gandhi, who then sought a detailed report from the officer at the Chinhat police post.

The condition of the animal was not known as it was not seen in the area after the incident.

“This is a serious case in which police must act against the sub-inspector. Despite taking up the matter with the SO, no FIR has been lodged. They claim the dog was not killed but ran away from the area,” Pandey said.

“What if the bullet had hit some passer-by? What will happen if the dog is killed? As far as I am concerned, it seems to be a revengeful act. I have learnt that Maneka Gandhi has sought a detailed report. I will also send her a report to create pressure on police to file an FIR,” said Pandey.

But station officer at the Chinhat police station, Surendra Katiyar insists there was no complaint against the sub inspector. “Police reached the spot but no one came forward to file a report. So without a complaint how can we file an FIR?”

The officer said he will act according to law if anyone files a report.

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