Mumbai: Four puppies killed during building demolition, developer booked

Mumbai: The Pant Nagar police booked a developer after four puppies allegedly died during a building demolition last week, the police have also pressed charges of destruction of evidence after the developer allegedly removed part of the debris, the police are yet to make any arrest in the case.

A local resident Yogesh Chande, 54 who feeds stray animals from his locality found four puppies missing from the area last week, when he enquired with a watchman of a nearby building, he was informed that due to rains, the puppies remain inside building number 48 and claimed that the puppies could have been buried inside the building debris as it was demolished a day before. Chande then informed animal welfare officer Bimlesh Navani.

"I personally visited the spot first to look for the puppies and later took the watchman and Chande to the police station to file a complaint. Meanwhile, we instructed the developer's men not to remove the debris. On Monday, when we went inside the building premises, we were shocked to find that a portion of debris had been removed. On my complaint, the police then registered an offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 429 (mischief by killing, poisoning, maiming or rendering useless an animal) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), " said Navani.

"We have registered an offence and investigation is underway," said Suhas Kamble, senior inspector of Pant Nagar police station.

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