Bongaigaon: A 32-year-old man in Rongyek of East Sikkim district was arrested by the police on charges of brutally killing a dog after locals demanded justice for the crime. Sikkim is a state that celebrates ‘Kukur Tihar’ where dogs are honoured as a part of customary celebrations.
A complaint was lodged against the accused by the owner of the dog and the People For Animals (PFA), Sikkim after which the police took swift action and arrested the accused.
“We came to know of the incident from the local police who said that the owner who suffers from hearing impairment wants to withdraw the complaint on pressure from family. We immediately lodged a complaint at police station in Gangtok. The police is preparing a chargesheet on the incident and we will also include a case of trespassing into the owner’s property,” said Srijana Khaling, general secretary of PFA while speaking to EastMojo.
A case under sections 428, 429, 201 if the IPC has been filed against the accused. However, the man was later released on bail.
The person identified as Naren Tamang, a resident of Rongyek in East Sikkim district, allegedly killed his cousin’s pet dog after a quarrel broke out between him and his cousin.
Tamang later tried to hide his crime by throwing the dog’s body off a cliff. The police later found the dog’s body with the help of a team from PFA. The accused allegedly committed the crime to send his cousin a message on how dangerous he can be when messed up with.
“He did not just kill the dog but he also tried to hide the evidence. The post mortem report left us numb. The man stabbed Bacha (the dog) on his head, mouth until his tongue was cut into pieces. Bacha struggled for his life, he cried for help but unfortunately only its lady owner was there, who was too scared to stop Tamang. Bacha at his half conscious state tried to run away but failed. The man again caught him and cut his ear and continuously hit him on his head. After that he dragged him and threw him off the cliff nearby his house,” said Khaling.
“We along with a team of 4-5 policemen went in search of the deceased dog in a cliff with a sharp incline. After gruesome search for some time, we were finally able to recover Bacha’s body with the help of police,” added Khaling while narrating the ordeal to EastMojo.
Locals are outraged on this incident and have demanded strict punishment to the accused.