On Monday, the police have booked a woman for animal cruelty after cops recovered the carcasses of a dog and a cat from a dustbin inside her flat in Virar West.
According to Mid-Day, cops also found 20 cats and 15 dogs in the 3BHK flat rented by the woman. The woman was identified as Shehnaz Jani. The cops raided Jani’s flat after they received complaints from the residents of the housing society in Global City area in Arnala. When cops raided the flat, they found remains of the pets in plastic and jute bags inside a dustbin. The residents of the society claimed that the pets’ remains were headless and accused the woman of performing black magic. Sudipti Singh, a resident, told the leading daily, “We suspect superstitious activity and we also noticed that the people in the flat had strange faces and six fingers in their hands and feet.”
But however, the cops have rejected both allegations and said the bodies were severely decomposed. The cops have also said that they have not found any black magic angle in the case. Police inspector Appa Saheb Lengare have found that “We have registered a complaint under relevant sections of the IPC and animal cruelty act. During the search, we found 20 cats and 10 dogs along with the dead bodies of two pets in the dustbin.” The cops have not arrested Jani as they are yet to find a shelter for the 35 pets at her house.
Jani had shifted to the flat with her three daughters and two dogs in March. She told mid-day that she is an animal lover and had brought the animals home as they were in poor health. She also refuted the allegations of black magic and meat eating.