In a horrific incident in Chennai’s Anna Nagar, a stray dog was beaten to death by security personnel at an apartment complex. According to Nishal Jeyanth, an apartment resident who witnessed the attack, the incident took place on the evening of October 1, allegedly upon the orders of the President of the Apartment Association, Sundar Raj.
Speaking to TNM, Nishal, says, “I was in the second floor when I heard a dog crying in a lot of pain so I looked from the balcony and two security guards beat a dog to death. I rushed down and took a video of the attack but Sundar Raj threatened me and asked me to delete the video.”
However, Nishal says that he managed to capture some shots of the place where the attack took place, after they had left. With this, he approached the Jeevan Bhima Nagar police station in Anna Nagar West.
According to a copy of the FIR, the dog had bleaching powder marks on its body. "One of the guys who beat the dogs even told me that he will beat the dogs again. And they were still roaming there with big sticks to continue beating other dogs," the complaint read.
Nishal says that hatred of stray dogs in the colony is not new.
“This has been happening for a while. They claim that the dog bites children but it is not true. It is an excuse to beat them. They are fine with posh dogs, but not strays,” he says.
The security guards- Moorthy and Senthil- have been booked under Section 429 of the Indian Penal Code (Mischief by killing or maiming cattle, etc, of any value or any animal of the value of fifty rupees) as well as Section 11(1) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (Treating animals cruelly).