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NOIDA: An IT professional residing in Lotus Boulevard in Sector 100 allegedly thrashed a 10-month-old Labrador puppy with his belt repeatedly and banged it against the floor resulting in a fracture in its femur and injuries all over the body. In three videos of the incident that have been shared widely on Twitter, a neighbour of the accused, who is a People for Animals (PFA) volunteer, captured the brutality that took place on Wednesday.
In one of the videos, the accused, Rishabh Mehra, can be seen thrashing the dog with a belt at least seven times even as the dog continues to scream in pain. Another video shows Mehra allegedly picking up the dog and banging him against the floor of the flat.
The incident came to light when a volunteer with heard the cries of the puppy and started filming the incident. PFA founder and BJP leader, Maneka Gandhi took cognisance of the videos which were sent to her and an FIR has been lodged against the accused, Rishabh Mehra, under IPC section 428 (killing or maiming animal) after Gandhi spoke to police commissioner Alok Singh.
“A PFA volunteer was sent to the spot and the dog was rescued. When the team reached the spot, Mehra was asked the reason for his act and he said that the dog had been littering the house and would poop inside the flat. The dog was taken to the government veterinary hospital in Barola where his medico-legal procedure was conducted after seeking relevant permissions and it was found that his femur was broken resulting in a life-long injury, along with wounds on its thighs and genitals. The dog is in trauma and is currently in our custody,” she said.
A police officer told TOI that the man claimed to the police that he was trying to toilet train the dog using a stick. Additional DCP (Noida) Ranvijay Singh told TOI that the video shows the accused had indeed beaten up the puppy and an FIR has been lodged in the case. The accused was at the flat with his wife at the time of the incident and police said her parents, too, stay there.
Kaveri Rana, president of the GB Nagar chapter of PFA, said the puppy was bought from an illegal breeder about eight months ago.
The videos, meanwhile, have been rewteeted by thousands people, including Bollywood actors.